Measures against corona continue to apply

The coronavirus infections are increasing. The number of corona patients in intensive care (ic) is on the rise. The third wave is starting to become visible. That is why the current package of measures is being extended. One measure will be slightly adjusted: from March 31, the curfew will start an hour later; at 10 p.m. In addition, the government is looking at the use of self-tests in education. For higher education, the aim is for students to be able to attend classes on location 1 day a week again. This can be done on April 26 at the earliest.

Extension measures

All current measures are extended until April 20

Another press conference will be held on April 13, which will discuss what is possible after April 20. If the figures show a positive picture earlier, a measure can also be adjusted earlier. If the figures are disappointing, a measure can be tightened earlier.

The travel advice will be extended until May 15th

This means: stay in the Netherlands. Do not travel abroad until May 15, unless strictly necessary. This also applies to the May holidays.

In April, the cabinet will start with the travel and transport sector trial trips abroad. These provide insight into how we will soon be able to go on holiday safely and responsibly to other countries.

Minor adjustment of measure

Curfew

It stays light longer and longer. That is why it goes from Wednesday, March 31 the curfew an hour later. This means that from that moment on, everyone will stay indoors between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Stores who mainly sell food, may then be open until 9.45 pm. This applies, for example, to supermarkets and pick-up locations for food and beverage outlets.

To test

Self-testing

Corona self-tests are expected to be available from mid-April. In the education can thus be risk-oriented and preventive testing.

The cabinet wants that students in higher education be able to follow lessons on location again 1 day a week as soon as possible This can be done on April 26 at the earliest. This is only possible if the contamination figures allow it and if the educational institutions can offer the students a self-test.

Access testing

In other places, the use of access tests will make more possible. Before an event or activity starts, a test must be done. In case of a negative result, someone gets access. This can be shown via an app. Provided that the corona figures allow this, will be the coming period conducted tests at, for example, small-scale events and activities.

Hospitality and retail

During the previous press conference on March 8, it was said that terraces could open before Easter and that there would be more room for the retail trade. This was only possible under the strict conditions that the number of occupied IC beds would be stable and the reproduction number would remain around 1. Unfortunately that is not the case. There are now 623 people with corona on the ic. The reproduction number is 1.11. This number shows how quickly the virus is spreading. With a reproduction number of around 1, the number of infections remains approximately the same. Want to know more about these and other figures? Check the corona dashboard.

Vaccination

Vaccination is an important step towards a society without corona measures. It is expected that much more will be possible from the beginning of June, because a large group of people will have been vaccinated by then. According to the schedule, everyone aged 18 years and older who wants to be vaccinated will have had a first injection in July 2021.

Basic rules

More and more people are protected against the corona virus by vaccinations. But people are still getting sick now. The basic rules help to prevent infection of yourself and others with the corona virus. Even if you have already been vaccinated. If we wash our hands, keep our distance and test and stay at home in case of complaints, fewer people will be infected. This way, more is possible again sooner.

To avoid contamination, it remains important to do the following.

Good hygiene prevents the spread of virus particles. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Especially when you come home or when you visit somewhere. Touch your face as little as possible. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Wear a face mask in public areas. This way you don’t give the spread of the corona virus a chance.

Also from family or friends. When people are close together, the coronavirus can be passed on to others very quickly. Therefore, limit your contacts and avoid crowded places.

Do you have complaints? Get tested immediately. Also with mild cold complaints such as a runny nose. Stay at home until you get the test result. This way you can be sure that you do not infect other people with the corona virus.
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