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 14-9: 1.5 metre social distancing ends on 25 September 2021
The COVID-19 figures are stabilising and many people have been vaccinated. This has led the government to decide to further relax the regulations in the Netherlands. Important changes include the end of the compulsory 1.5-metre social distancing and the introduction of the corona card at the entrance of events and hospitality businesses. As a result, public life in the city will change. Utrecht will implement these measures as well and as safely as possible.
Update 16-8: no restrictions for on-site learning
The government has decided to take a careful, step-by-step approach to lifting the 1.5 metre rule. From 30 August social distancing will no longer be required at secondary vocational schools (MBOs), higher professional education institutions (HBOs) and universities.
All other measures currently in place will be extended until 19 September inclusive.
On 17 September, the government will assess whether it is possible to take the next step.
Update 2-8: ban on single-day events extended, exception for small, outdoor events
The ban on one-day events without fixed seating arrangements has been extended until 1 September 2021. An exception has been made for small, outdoor events. From 14 August, small, outdoor events without fixed seating arrangements are permitted for up to 750 attendants. This includes festivals, cultural activities and student association activities with less than 750 attendants. The exception is subject to certain conditions, for example, all attendees must have a COVID pass and an admission ticket (free events included).
Read more on the government website
Update 30-7: Free walk-in for first vaccination at Jaarbeurs
From 2–26 August, you can get vaccinated at Jaarbeurs without an appointment between 09:00 and 17:00. The walk-in vaccination is for anyone who has not yet had a vaccination and has not yet made an appointment for a vaccination.
If you come in for a vaccination without an appointment, the appointment for the second dose will be made for you immediately.
People who have already booked an appointment or have had their first dose cannot use the walk-in vaccination service.
Update 26-7: Travel within Europe, multi-day events cancelled
Since 27 June, all EU countries are classed as green or yellow. A country may still receive an orange travel recommendation if a new variant is discovered. As such, you can travel to EU countries. However, some countries may impose extra requirements on travellers from the Netherlands. Check www.wijsopreis.nl before departure for the current travel recommendations and measures in effect in the country of destination.
From 8 August, all travellers aged 12 and older will require a COVID pass when returning from an EU country with a yellow travel recommendation. This prevents travellers from bringing the virus into the country. People who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID can prove it with the CoronaCheck app. All other travellers must have themselves tested before departure in the country they are staying in, and are required to have a negative test result to travel.
In agreement with the event industry, the ban on multi-day events has been extended until 1 September 2021. This concerns multi-day events that include one or more overnight stays, for which visitors would require a COVID pass.
Read the entire update on the government website
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