Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in Amsterdam relaxing

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Amsterdam Coronavirus Measures Relaxing

Updated May 29, 2020: Throughout the Netherlands coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown rules are being eased. But where international tourism is concerned, Amsterdam may well do so at a slower pace.

Cultural institutions and venues such as museums, theaters, cinemas, and concert halls will reopen at noon on June 1, 2020. So will cafés and pubs, restaurants, and hotels.

However, the EU-wide entry ban for non-essential travel remains in place until at least June 15, 2020.

Amsterdam North-South Metro Line 52 – Noord/Zuidlijn

The Noord/Zuidlijn is a fact. After countless delays and huge cost overruns, the controversial metro line is finally in service.

However, it remains controversial. To ‘encourage’ use of the new line the city’s public transport network has been drastically overhauled. Many Amsterdammers will have to transfer more often, but — says the transportation company — will save time in the process.

Ice skating on Amsterdam canals – Winter of 2018

If the freezing temperatures predicted for this coming week persist, with any luck we’ll be able to ice skate on the canals of Amsterdam. The last time that happened was in February 2012.

The City of Amsterdam maintains an Ice Protocol that details the various steps the Water Authority should take in order to make ice skating possible.

Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018: The Ice Protocol has gone into effect!