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The government has announced that the Netherlands is going to open up. Not all at once, but in different stages towards full reopening. That also applies to Alkmaar. We keep this page as up to date as possible. Also check the website of the government for updates.

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Alkmaar: welcoming & safe

The Netherlands is opening up again. Museums, theaters, indoor sports locations, restaurants and catering facilities of hotels are open again. Even events can take place.

We hope to welcome you back to Alkmaar soon. Then, together with the local entrepreneurs, we will do everything we can to welcome you hospitably and to make you feel good and safe in the city.

Go to this page for the most frequently asked questions and current information about COVID-19.

Different stages towards full reopening

From Friday 18 February all locations in the Netherlands will be allowed to stay open until 01.00. Until 25 February, the coronavirus entry pass (3G) must be shown at locations where this is currently mandatory, such as restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres and music venues and at professional sporting events. Once you are inside any of these locations, the rules on assigned seating, wearing a face mask and keeping 1.5 metres apart will no longer apply and capacity will no longer be limited. At locations accommodating more than 500 people, however, assigned seating and face masks will still be mandatory. The recommended period of self-isolation after a positive test result will be shortened to 5 days, but you must be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before you stop self-isolating.

Next stage towards full reopening

On Friday 25 February we will take the final step. From then, opening times will return to normal and we will lift the following requirements: showing a coronavirus entry pass (3G) at locations accommodating fewer than 500 people, staying 1.5 metres apart, wearing face masks while walking around bars and restaurants, and shops, having a limited number of visitors, and assigned seating in bars, restaurants and other venues. That means that large night clubs, discotheques, festivals and events can open up without limitations. At indoor locations accommodating more than 500 people where there is no assigned seating, for example night clubs and festivals, everyone must show a negative test result. This does not apply at events where there is a continuous flow of visitors, such as trade fairs and conferences. To ensure that vulnerable people are able to travel safely, the requirement to wear a face mask on public transport and at airports will remain in force even after 25 February.

Basic Rules for everyone

During a trip to The Netherlands you must adhere to Dutch measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid busy places.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and self-isolate in your accommodation.
  • Use a face mask in public transport and on airports and airplanes.

Check the government's step-by-step plan here.

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