City of Utrecht Coronavirus
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.
The government has taken a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In order to uphold these measures, the Utrecht Safety Region (Veiligheidsregio Utrecht) has set up a new emergency ordinance.
Update 25-6: 1.5 metres remains the norm
We can make steps to ease the measures regarding the corona virus. With general rules for inside and outside. These are still needed because the corona virus has not disappeared.
The basic rules remain:
- If you have any symptoms: stay home and have yourself tested as soon as possible.
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Work from home as much as possible.
- Avoid crowded places and avoid travelling during rush hour whenever possible.
Separate rules have been drawn up for indoor and outdoor activities.
Read more about the measures and exceptions on the website of the government.
Update 28-5: new emergency ordinance from 1 June
A new emergency ordinance will go into effect on 1 June. The new ordinance contains the relaxed measures that offer everyone a little more freedom. The basic principles remain unchanged: keep 1.5 metres apart, avoid crowds and apply the hygiene rules.
The following changes go into effect on 1 June:
- The ban on gatherings in public spaces (parks, squares, on the street) no longer applies. Residents can meet up in parks again to picnic or talk, for example. However, everyone should keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others. The distance rule does not apply to people from the same household.
- Restaurants and cafés are allowed to open again at 12:00 on 1 June. Indoor seating is limited to a maximum of 30 guests (excluding staff) and advance booking is required. Everyone must keep 1.5 metres apart (except people from the same household).
- There is no maximum number of guests for terraces. Everyone must be seated at a table at a distance of 1.5 metres from others (except people from the same household).
- Student associations may meet up again from 1 June. The same applies here: A maximum of 30 people may attend, maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres.
- Film, theatre and concert halls may reopen. A maximum of 30 people are allowed in a room/hall. Visitors have to book in advance, and everyone must keep a distance of 1.5 metres. Museums and monuments are allowed to open if visitors pre-book a specific time slot. Other public buildings such as the petting zoos, music schools and community centres are also reopening with a maximum of 30 visitors per entire building/site.
- Secondary schools and special secondary education will reopen on 2 June. Primary schools will open completely on 8 June. Schools must take measures to keep the 1.5-metre distance. The out-of-school care will also open again on 8 June.
- Multifunctional buildings that, for example, house both childcare and a community centre may open again under certain conditions, as can public toilets at nature reserves, parks, beaches and marinas.
- As of 1 June, travellers aged 13 and older are required to wear a face mask on public transport. This does not apply to stations, stops and platforms, where everyone must keep 1.5 metres apart.
The ban on events remains in force
The current national ban on events has been extended to 1 September 2020. Events such as festivals, fairs and street parties cannot take place. Note: a gathering of a number of people in a public space turns into an event if an organiser makes provisions such as a music system or a bar. Events are not only gatherings that require a permit, but also include street markets or street parties, for example. Saunas and other wellness facilities will also remain closed.
Emergency ordinance for the Utrecht Safety Region
The measures have been laid down in a new emergency ordinance for the Utrecht Safety Region (Veiligheidsregio Utrecht). These measures rely on everyone taking responsibility and abiding by the rules for the sake of all our health. Under the new emergency ordinance, municipal enforcers and the police can check for compliance with the measures and have the authority to issue fines in extreme cases.
Update 20-5: extension of terrace space for hospitality
Hospitality businesses in Utrecht can temporarily extend their terraces. They can apply for this at the hospitality office (email@example.com) from Friday 22 May. Companies must meet several conditions to be eligible, such as keeping the city accessible and safe for everyone.
Update 20-5: extension of Tozo scheme
On 20 May, the Cabinet announced an extension of the temporary bridging scheme for independent entrepreneurs (Tozo). You cannot yet apply for this extension. There are slightly different rules, such as a partner income evaluation. This means that we need to modify our form and set up the back-end processes. Once this is ready, we will announce it on our website. We expect to be able to process Tozo applications by 10 June.
Update 20-5: principles for 1.5-metre measures in public
Coronavirus measures are being relaxed step by step. The streets and public spaces are becoming more crowded. At the same time, we still need to stay 1.5 metres away from each other. This creates new dilemmas. To that end, the city council has established 6 principles to help take quick decisions regarding temporary measures. Based on these principles, we can take clear action in the coming days and weeks.
There are 6 important principles:
- health, safety and accessibility come first
- we prioritise pedestrians and cyclists
- we prioritise movement over stationary uses of space
- we support where possible and regulate where necessary
- we redistribute the limited space first, and only redesign spaces if necessary
- measures will be based on monitoring
Update 19 May | temporarily increased space for pedestrians in the city centre
One-way traffic for pedestrians in narrow streets, pedestrian "roundabouts" and waiting zones in front of stores; these are just a few of the measures being taken by the city of Utrecht to give visitors and residents enough space. This is necessary to make entering the city safe and responsible. There will also be route markers, information signs and public guides to advise visitors on the new rules. People are still advised to avoid crowds.
For the latest news about the coronavirus and the number of infections in Utrecht and the Netherlands, visit the RIVM website.
View the current list of questions and answers on the RIVM website. The list is updated daily. Here you can read, for example, about what you can do to minimise the chances of spreading.
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.
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