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Amsterdam Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures

Amsterdam is a coronavirus hotspot. So is the rest of the Netherlands.

But there is hope. The situation is such that the government is reopening society step by step.

These are the current COVID-19 coronavirus measures in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands is relaxing its Coronavirus measures

When traveling by public transport in Amsterdam, face masks are mandatory. People who do not wear one, or who wear their mask incorrectly, risk a €95 fine. Shown in this photo by Rinke Dohmen are people traveling on one of Amsterdam’s free ferries across the river IJ.

Amsterdam coronavirus measures are the same as those that apply throughout the Netherlands. Currently there are no additional measures.

Basic COVID-19 Rules in Amsterdam

These coronavirus measures apply in Amsterdam, as in the rest of the Netherlands.

  • Avoid crowds
  • Work from home if at all possible
  • Keep a distance of 1,5 metres (5 feet) between yourself and others (except if they are members of your household)
  • If you have any health issues, such as a cold or flu, stay at home. If you are short of breath and/or have a fever other members of your household must also stay at home.
  • Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Use paper tissues and toss them into a bin right-away.
  • Wash your hands

Additional rules:

  • Don’t shake hands, hug, or kiss with non-family members
  • When traveling on public transport, wearing a non-medical face mask is mandatory. The mask must cover your nose, mouth, and chin.

Amsterdam Partial Lockdown Rules Relaxing

Last updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Netherlands has been in a Partial Lockdown since October 14, 2020.

The Dutch Government is currently reopening society step-by-step. The first step was taken on April 28, 2021.

The lockdown was an effort to stem the sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the Netherlands [World Health Organization (WHO) statistics]. [See also: Statistics provided by the Netherland’s National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), or the more readable and clearer Coronavirus Dashboard (Netherlands Central Government (Rijksoverheid)]

Partial Lockdown Rules

These lockdown rules apply in Amsterdam, as in the rest of the Netherlands.

Among the Amsterdam coronavirus measures:

  • At home you may receive a maximum of 2 visitors per day. Children up to and including 12 years of age are not included.
  • Outdoor recreation: groups of maximum 2 people or all people belonging to 1 household. Children up to and including 12 years are not included.
  • Sports: Indoor sports locations such as gyms and swimming pools may reopen under certain conditions. Group lessons are not yet allowed indoors. Outside sports is allowed again in groups with a maximum of 30 people. The 1.5 meters (5 feet) social distance rule applies — except for young people up to and including 26 years old.
  • Amusement parks, nature parks, zoos and children’s farms will open under certain conditions. This includes outdoor game locations such as mini golf, climbing forests and playgrounds.
  • Bars, cafes, coffeeshops, and restaurants remain closed indoors.
    • Takeaway and delivery sales are allowed
    • Outdoor terraces may open from 6am to 8pm under conditions.
    • Alcohol and softdrugs may sold (or delivered) until 8pm at the latest.
  • Cinemas, concert halls and other cultural institutions remain closed.
  • Shops and markets may again receive customers without an appointment.
  • Contact professions such as hairdressers and masseurs are open. Sex workers are also allowed to go back to work.
  • Work from home unless there is no other option
  • Public Transport: Facemasks mandatory.
  • Facemasks: The use of facemasks is mandatory in public indoor spaces (such as shops, train stations, offices, medical facilities, et cetera) for anyone over the age of 12
  • Hotels are open, but hotel bars and restaurants remain closed

There are other measures as well, governing anything from indoor- and outdoor meetings and sports, to education and childcare.

These measures are in effect at least until June 8, 2021.

Social Distancing: One and a Half Meter Society

Practicing the ‘anderhalvemetersamenleving‘ (one and a half meter society) social distancing rule in Amsterdam.
A view across the river IJ toward Amsterdam Central Station. © Photo Copyright: DutchAmsterdam

We’d better get used to the one-and-a-half-meter society as soon as possible, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in April 2020.

He was referring to the basic rule that people keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) away from non-family members.

The Dutch term is anderhalvemetersamenleving. (The Dutch find this rule very ongezellig).

Amsterdam Coronavirus Testing (Free)

Are you experiencing mild symptoms consistent with those associated with the coronavirus? You can get tested free of charge by GGD Amsterdam (Public Health Service of Amsterdam)

Mild symptoms can include a head cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, or fever. In addition, sudden loss of smell or taste can also be a symptom of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

If you have any of these symptoms, remain inside. In addition to observing the basic Amsterdam coronavirus measures, do not leave your home or hotel room.

Make sure you get tested.

For details, visit coronatest.nl. The site is operated by the Dutch government.

You need a DigiD [What is DigiD?] to log in and make an appointment. If you do not have a DigiD call 0800-1202 to make a test appointment. You can do this every day from 08:00 to 20:00.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus test, call the Dutch public information number: 0800-1351


This article about Amsterdam coronavirus measures was first published on August 24, 2020. It was last updated on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.