City of Utrecht Coronavirus (English)
The Municipality of Utrecht is following the guidelines and information of the RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the Municipal Health Service for the Utrecht region (GGD Regio Utrecht) and the Dutch Ministry of Health.
Changes to our services
We're doing our best to keep vital services and support available. The city hall and the Vleuten-De Meern district service centre are open. There will be cases where we will have to limit some of our services for people's safety. We are following the guidelines set by the government.
Update 24-2: cautiously relaxing restrictions during lockdown
The coronavirus measures are taking their toll on everyone's mental and physical stamina. The lockdown and curfew will remain in effect until at least 15 March. Some restrictions are being eased, however.
- Some secondary schools and vocational schools will reopen on 1 March.
- From 3 March, young people up to the age of 26 will be allowed to play outdoor sports together at sports facilities; contact professions will be allowed to resume and retail outlets will be allowed to open for shopping by appointment.
Update 17-2: extension of terrace space for hospitality
Hospitality businesses in Utrecht can temporarily extend their terraces. They can apply for a permit at www.utrecht.nl/tijdelijkterras. Companies must meet several conditions to be eligible, such as keeping the city accessible and safe for everyone.
Update 27-1: Jaarbeurs to become vaccination centre
Jaarbeurs in Utrecht will be used as a central coronavirus vaccination centre for the inhabitants of Utrecht and surrounding areas. This has been decided by the Municipal Health Service for the Utrecht region (GGDrU) together with the municipality of Utrecht.
GGDrU started vaccinating the 90-plus age group on 26 January. The 85-plus age group will receive a vaccination invitation by the end of this week, with the 80-plus group to follow from 2 February. The remaining groups will be invited incrementally from old to young. Residents of Utrecht will receive their vaccinations in Hall 4 of the Jaarbeurs complex. Up to 2,800 people can get vaccinated every day, depending on the availability of the vaccines. Jaarbeurs is open seven days a week for vaccinations, from 08:00 to 20:00. The vaccination centre is expected to remain in use until the end of August.
Jaarbeurs is already in use as an XL testing site for GGDrU, located in the parking lot behind Jaarbeurs.
Update 25-1: Substantial expansion of support and recovery package
The Dutch cabinet is extending the support package for jobs and the economy considerably.
Update 22-1: Night-time curfew as of Saturday 23 January
On Saturday 23 January a night-time curfew will come into force throughout the Netherlands. The House of Representatives consented to this new measure on friday. This means that everyone has to stay inside between 21.00 and 4.30 o'clock.
Update 20-1: Lockdown measures tightened in response to concerns about new variants of virus
The government is seriously concerned about the British variant of coronavirus, which is even more infectious than the virus we are familiar with in the Netherlands. There are also other variants of the virus that are sparking concern. New measures are needed in order to get these new variants under control.
Update 13-1: Netherlands to remain in lockdown until at least 9 February
The number of people in the Netherlands who get infected with coronavirus is falling slightly. This shows the lockdown is starting to work. Our next task is to quickly reduce the daily infection rates, so that the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units also comes down. The government has therefore decided that the Netherlands will remain in lockdown until at least 9 February.
Update 8-1: Vaccination in Utrecht region has started
GGD regio Utrecht (GGDrU) has started vaccinating healthcare workers in Expo Houten on 8 January.
Update 29-12: A vaccine against COVID-19
GGD Utrecht region (GGDrU) will start vaccinating healthcare workers in Expo Houten at 8 January 2021. This concerns people working in nursing homes, assisted living, disability care, district nursing and social support. They will be the first to receive an invitation for the COVID-19 vaccine. From January 4, they will receive an invitation from their employer.
Update 18-12: Lockdown in order to minimise contact between people
Coronavirus is once again spreading rapidly. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of infections, with figures up to around 9,000 per day. The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and care homes is also rising. That has an impact on healthcare in general; more than one million routine hospital procedures have had to be postponed. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to trace the source of an infection. But one thing is clear: the more people a person comes into contact with, the greater their chance of being infected. In order to ensure normal healthcare services can continue, we must take action and limit our contact with other people as much as possible. This is why the Netherlands will go into its strictest lockdown yet from 15 December until at least Tuesday 19 January.
For the latest news about the coronavirus and the number of infections in Utrecht and the Netherlands, visit the RIVM website.
The website of the national government contains frequently asked questions for schools, companies and travellers. If you still have questions after reading it, please call the national information number: 0800 - 13 51 (8.00 - 20.00).
You are under an obligation to report the coronavirus. The GP will consult with the GGD as to whether the patient should be examined for corona. The GGD is conducting research into whom infected patients have recently had contact with. If you want more information, visit the website of the GGD Region Utrecht (Dutch).
General Practitioner (GP)
If you have health problems and have been in an infected area, please contact your GP by telephone.
NOS in English
www.facebook.com/NOSinEnglish has been set up by Dutch students from the University College Utrecht who want to provide their fellow non-Dutch speaking students and other internationals with translations of news articles and programs currently unavailable in English, specifically regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the Netherlands.
What can you do yourself?
For residents and visitors in the Utrecht region, the general health advice remains:
- wash your hands with soap and water
- sneeze and cough into your elbow
- turn away from others coughing or sneezing and use paper tissues
- do not shake hands