Together with the local entrepreneurs, we do everything we can to give you a warm welcome during your stay and to make you feel comfortable and safe in the city. That’s why we've set some guidelines for you:
Go to this page for the most frequently asked questions and current information about COVID-19.
From 12.00 on 1 June restaurants, cafés, bars and terraces will be open again under certain conditions:
Nightclubs and similar dance venues will remain closed for the time being.
As of 10 August 2020, restaurants, cafés and bars must ask guests to provide their names and contact details for contact tracing by the municipal health service (GGD) in the event someone is infected.
Most shops in Alkmaar are open. Shops have taken measures to ensure that people can observe physical distancing, for instance by limiting the number of shoppers.
If you want to go to one specific store, check their opening hours online. All supermarkets in Alkmaar are open at regular times.
The ban on events that require a permit was lifted on 1 July 2020. It is up to local authorities to decide whether organisers can satisfactorily ensure that those who attend the events will be able to stay 1.5 metres apart and to lay down any additional conditions they deem necessary.
The Cheese Market will not take place until at least 1 September.
Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is open to visitors again since 1 June. You must book your visit beforehand on line (only in Dutch) or by telephone
National Beer Museum the Boom is still closed.
You can visit the Cheese Museum daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For the time being, ticket sales go exclusively through the VVV Alkmaar at the entrance of the Cheese Museum. Due to the limited availability, we advise you to reserve tickets in advance at the tourist information desk or by phone: +31 72 511 42 84. The Tourist Office can be reached by phone daily between 9.30 am and 5 pm and on Sundays from 11.30 am to 5 pm.
Schermerhorn Museum Mill is open to the public again. The Museum Mill is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, only after reservation via telephone number +31 72 3030 246. You reserve for a specific time slot.
Museum in 't Houten Huis is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 13.00 and 17.00 pm. It is not necessary to book a ticket.
The Grote Kerk is reopened to the public again. The church & the exhibitions can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00 pm. It is no longer necessary to book a free ticket for your visit to the church in advance. However, there is a restriction on the number of visitors that may be present in the church at the same time. Would you like to be assured of access at a specific time slot? Then it is still possible to reserve a free ticket in advance via the website. Book a ticket via this page.
We can only take the next step forward if everyone follows these rules. During a trip to The Netherlands you must adhere to Dutch measures:
Check the government's step-by-step plan here.