We can say goodbye to most of the Netherlands’ Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the month, reports NOS. The Netherlands has been living under some kind of restrictions since March 2020 and we’ve seen several lockdowns during that time but the government now feels comfortable relaxing those measures almost entirely.
Currently, catering must close by 10 pm, which means that you can go out for a few drinks on an evening but they’re definitely not pre-drinks for a night of clubbing. However, the catering will see a new, later closing time of 1 am from February 18, and from February 25 businesses will be able to decide their own opening time.
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This comes alongside plans to relax social distancing measures. These currently include keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others and sitting down for service at restaurants, cafes and bars. However, you should still wear a face mask on public transport. People who have tested positive for the virus will only have to self isolate for 7 days now.
Coronavirus passes, currently required for entry into lots of venues, will go too. This means that attendees at large events will only need a negative test result, rather than the covid pass, to gain entry. Finally, people will once again be allowed more than four visitors a day at home, and the advice to work from home has also been scrrapped and yo can work a maximum of half the time in the office, if possible.