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.
Update 23-10: regulation for terrace expansions extended
Once national measures allow restaurants and bars in Utrecht to open again, they will be able to keep their (temporary) terrace expansions until 1 April 2021. With this, Utrecht extends the period for the temporary terrace expansions.
Business owners who are already making use of the regulation do not have to re-apply. There are some extra conditions. These concern:
- the closing time of the terrace
- sustainable heating of the terrace
- talking to local residents if they are inconvenienced by the terrace
For the conditions, see www.utrecht.nl/tijdelijkterras (dutch only)
Update 14-10: new emergency ordinance as of 14 October 2020
As from 10:00 pm on 14 October, a new emergency ordinance applies throughout the Utrecht Safety Region. The emergency ordinance is based on national policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Among other things, the emergency ordinance contains additional information about:
- the rules with which a gathering must comply (e.g. no more than 30 persons per room)
- the ban on groups larger than 4 persons in public places and outdoors
- the closure of eating and drinking establishments (specific rules apply for take-away)
- the closure of retail trade from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am (not applicable to the food business sector)
- the ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol from 8:00 pm to 7:00 am
- the ban on drinking or carrying alcohol in public places from 8:00 pm to 7:00 am
- sports restrictions, such as the ban on doing sports or exercising in a group of more than 4 persons
- the ban on events
Of course, the basic rules still apply: wash your hands, maintain a distance of 1.5 metres, avoid crowds and get tested in case of symptoms.
Update 13-10: Partial lockdown to reduce infections
The coronavirus has been given too much leeway to spread again. The Cabinet has decided that stricter measures are required to reduce the number of infections. The measures are aimed at reducing gatherings, travel and contact in general. The new rules go into effect at 22:00 on Wednesday 14 October and will remain in effect for at least 2 weeks— longer if necessary.
To make it clear to everyone which measures are in effect at any given time, the Cabinet has also drawn up a roadmap with four risk levels.
Update 5-10: extra measures for Utrecht: evening closure of shops in the city centre and 3 parks
From Wednesday, 7 October, it is forbidden to visit Grift Park, Wilhelmina Park and Lepelenburg Park between 22.00 PM and 6.00 AM. This has been decided by the Utrecht Safety Region. In addition, supermarkets and night shops in the city centre are to close at 22.00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Update 2-10: urgent advice: wear a mouth covering/face mask whenever you enter somewhere
Throughout the Netherlands, it is recommended to wear a non-medical face mask when entering a publicly accessible space. This recommendation is being further elaborated by the central government. It concerns locations such as:
- shops, museums, municipal and district offices, stations, airports, car parks and petrol stations
- restaurants, cafés, theatres and concert halls, with the exception of people who are seated
- anyplace where people work in contact professions such as hair stylists, beauty professionals and masseurs, and their clients
Update 1-10: exemptions for buildings for concerts and cultural events
Several cultural venues in Utrecht will be allowed to accommodate more than 30 people per room. These places are:
- Tivoli Vredenburg
- De Paardenkathedraal
- Jaarbeurs (only for meetings that are cultural in nature)
- The Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht is also allowed to go ahead
The chair of the Utrecht Safety Region has granted several exemptions. Such exemptions are granted in moderation. Less social contact is required to reduce the number of infections.
Update 29-9: meeting exemptions
An exemption may be granted for certain meetings with a maximum of 30 persons per independent room.
Update 29-9: new emergency ordinance as of 29 September 2020
As of 29 September, a new emergency ordinance will apply to the Utrecht Safety Region. The emergency ordinance is based on the national policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The ordinance contains additional information about:
- the rules governing gatherings
- the size of the groups
- the obligation to register for contact professions
- opening hours of food and drink establishments
There must be no public attendance of sporting events, and sports canteens must remain closed. The Government also urgently recommends limiting home visits to a maximum of 3 guests (excluding children up to the age of 12).
Learn more about the extra measures
It goes without saying that the basic rules remain in force: wash your hands, maintain a distance of 1.5 metres, avoid crowds and get tested in case of symptoms.
Update 28-9: Cabinet amends national rules
On Tuesday 29 September 18.00h, the Cabinet amended the national rules regarding coronavirus in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.
The basic rules remain in effect:
- maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others
- wash your hands
- avoid crowds
- stay home and get tested if you have symptoms
Update 18-9: Number of coronavirus infections in Utrecht on the rise, additional measures necessary
The number of coronavirus infections in our country is on the rise again, largely due to the fact that not everyone is complying with the rules in place to prevent infection. As a result, the Cabinet has decided to take additional measures in 6 areas in the Randstad area. These measures will also apply in Utrecht.
Update 1-9: Press conference current situation and measures
On 1 September, prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge held a press conference to update the public on the coronavirus pandemic. First, they looked at the current situation, approximately 6 months on from the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Netherlands. They then reviewed the measures to prevent a second wave of infections.
Update 18-8: Cabinet amends national rules
On 18 August, the Cabinet amended the national rules regarding coronavirus in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.
The main changes are:
- Maximum of 6 visitors in your home or garden
- If possible, host parties for large groups in a hall with designating seating. Upon arrival, everyone must be asked about their health and must submit their address and phone number.
- If you have been on holiday in an area with a high number of infections, stay at home for 10 days and get tested (this period has been reduced from 14 to 10 days).
- Schoolchildren must stay home if they have symptoms or if someone in their household has coronavirus.
- Continue working from home as much as possible (no end date).
The basic rules remain in effect: Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds and stay home if you have symptoms.
Based on the emergency ordinance, municipal enforcers and police can check for compliance with the measures and, in extreme cases, impose fines.
Update 8-8: new emergency ordinance per 8 August 2020
A new emergency ordinance for the Utrecht Safety Region came into effect on 8 August. The emergency ordinance is based on the national policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The emergency ordinance contains rules relating to the hospitality industry, education, study associations and student associations, among other things.
- Both indoors and outdoors, hospitality businesses work with reservations (in advance or at the door), perform health checks and assign fixed seats. All visitors are requested to register. Visitors leave their name and contact details to allow the Municipal Health Service (GGD) to contact them in the event of an infection.
- Study associations and student sports clubs may only organise physical activities aimed at the study or sports programme. Such meetings must be kept small, may not take place between 22:00 and 06:00, and no alcohol may be served or consumed. The management of the relevant educational institution and the chair of the safety region must approve the activities. Student associations are not permitted to hold meetings for recruitment and introduction.
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