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 16 February: 3 steps to reopen the Netherlands

We are more resistant to the virus due to vaccinations, booster shots and acquired immunity. So the Netherlands is going to open up, in 3 stages.

  1. Effective immediately: the recommendation to receive no more than 4 visitors a day no longer applies. The advice on working from home as much as possible is changed to a recommendation to work no more than half the time at the office.
  2. From Friday February 18 all locations in the Netherlands will be allowed to stay open until 01.00. The self-isolation recommendation after a positive test will be relaxed.
  3. On Friday February 25 opening times for all locations will return to normal. Conditions still apply.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer issue travel advisories based solely on a country’s coronavirus situation. Instead it will once again take all security and health risks into consideration. This means that travel outside Europe will soon become easier. From February 25, travellers arriving in the Netherlands will no longer be required to self-quarantine.

On March 15 the government will evaluate the remaining rules including the face mask requirement for public transport, the pre-admission testing requirement (1G) and the advice on working from home.

The virus is still among us. We need to stay vigilant and help each other so that we avoid infecting others. So it is advisable for everyone to keep following the recommendations that have proven effective in limiting the spread of the virus.

Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government

All the rules, recommendations and conditions are explained in more detail at government.nl/coronavirus

For the most recent self-isolation and quarantine rules and to get personal advice based on your situation, visit: Quarantine Check COVID-19

Read more about travel advisories 


Update 26 January: nearly all locations can be open until 22.00

Most locations in our country are open again, under certain conditions. This means that restaurants and bars, cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, zoos and amusement parks can reopen from today. Shops, educational institutions, and contact-based services such as hair salons have already been opened, and participating in indoor and outdoor sports activities and artistic and cultural activities has already been permitted. In addition, sports competitions and matches between different clubs will again be permitted as of today, as will spectators at all sports competitions and matches. In general, an opening time of 05.00 to 22.00 applies to all locations. The advice on self-quarantining for children under 18 will be relaxed. On Tuesday March 8 the government will decide if more restrictions can be lifted.

Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government

See a brief overview of the corona measures

Read more about self-quarantine


Update 15 January: Shops, gyms and hairdressers reopen

As of Saturday 15 January all non-essential shops, gyms and sports clubs, music schools, and locations where contact-based professions are carried out (such as hairdressers) are open again. Secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher education (HBO and universities) has reopened for in-person learning. Conditions apply.

Wearing a face mask is advised in any place where it is not possible to stay 1.5 metres apart. This now also applies at busy outdoor places and in the workplace. People are now advised to wear a disposable face mask. Close contacts of a person who has coronavirus do not need to self-quarantine if they do not have symptoms themselves and they received their booster vaccination at least 1 week ago or have had coronavirus in the past 8 weeks.

Due to the very high number of infections caused by the Omicron variant, other sectors cannot reopen. Restaurants, bars and cafés, cinemas, museums, theatres and concert venues remain closed. On Tuesday 25 January the government will decide if more restrictions can be lifted.

Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government

See the overview of basic rules, measures, conditions and exceptions

Read more about face masks

Read more about self-quarantine


Update 12 January: corona vaccination at Jaarbeurs without appointment

Since Wednesday, 12 January 2022, you can get your 2nd vaccination shot or booster shot at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht without an appointment. The peak of the booster campaign has passed. If you are eligible, you can be vaccinated in hall 1 at the Jaarbeurs without an appointment. The Jaarbeurs is open every day from 8.00 to 22.00.

Who can take advantage of this?

The 1st and 2nd vaccination are available for everyone aged 12 and older. The booster shot is for everyone aged 18 and older.

Read the entire news item from GGD region Utrecht here

Visit the government website for more information about the booster vaccination and when it's your turn


Update 20 December: Slowing the spread of the Omicron variant, lockdown in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has gone into lockdown from Sunday 19 December until at least Friday 14 January 2022.The spread of the Omicron variant must be slowed as soon as possible in order to ensure healthcare services remain available to all. Measures include:

  • Everyone should stay at home as much as possible and avoid busy places. Always stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 and over per day.
  • The maximum group size outdoors for people aged 13 and over is 2 people.
  • Educational institutions and out-of-school care (BSO) are closed until at least 9 January 2022. The same applies to hospitality venues, all non-essential shops, all locations where non-medical contact-based professions are carried out (such as hairdressers and beauty salons), cinemas, museums, theatres, concert venues and indoor sports facilities. Events are not permitted.
  • Essential shops, such as supermarkets and chemists, can open until 20.00. Certain locations, such as petrol stations, pharmacies, libraries, driving schools, notaries’ offices and lawyers’ offices can open for their normal hours.

To increase protection against the Omicron variant, everyone aged 18 and over will be invited to receive a booster vaccination as soon as possible. In the second half of January, everyone aged 18 and older who was vaccinated or had coronavirus more than three months ago should have had the opportunity to receive a booster vaccination.

There are exceptions to the measures.

Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government

Check the overview of basic rules, measures, conditions and exceptions

Read more about booster vaccination


Update 15-12 evening closures prolonged, primary schools to shut a week early before Christmas

The government is prolonging the corona measures introduced on 28 November, until at least Friday 14 January 2022. Primary schools, schools for special (primary) education, and out-of-school care facilities (BSO) will also be closed in the week before Christmas. BSO will be open during the regular Christmas break. Primary schools will reopen again on Monday 10 January 2022.

The number of new coronavirus cases is still very high and there are still many COVID-19 patients in hospital. But the surge in infections caused by the Delta variant does appear to have passed its peak. However, the new Omicron variant gives cause for concern and demands a cautious approach. Because of the Omicron variant everyone aged 18 and over will be invited to receive a booster vaccination by the second half of January.

The situation will be reviewed on 14 January, or possibly earlier if new insights into the Omicron variant give cause to do so.

Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government
Check the overview of basic rules, measures, conditions and exceptions
Booster offensive accelerated for all adults  


Update 8-12: booster vaccination

Healthcare personnel and people aged 60 and older will be vaccinated before the end of the year. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport will determine the vaccination order. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment will send out the invitations. Vaccinations will be given from old to young.

You must make an appointment for the booster vaccination.

Check the GGDrU website to find out when it is your turn


Update 6 -12: self-test or visit the GGD

The new national testing policy went into effect on 3 December. If you have mild symptoms, you can now take a self-test or visit the GGD.

If the self-test result is positive, you must visit the GGD to confirm the result. If the positive test result is confirmed, you must go into isolation. You will receive a recommendation from the source and contact tracing investigation. After recovery, you will also need to be tested by the GGD to obtain a recovery certificate.

If the result of the self-test is negative, you must continue to follow the basic rules, such as washing your hands frequently and staying at least 1.5 metres away from others. Because a negative self-test is not 100% accurate, it is important to take another self-test the next day. If your symptoms worsen or you lose your sense of smell or taste, you must make an appointment to get tested by the GGD.

A self-test is not sufficient if you have fragile health, are seriously ill or come into contact with vulnerable people. Our urgent advice for you, in that case, is to get tested at the GGD if you have symptoms.

Read the entire press release by GGD regio Utrecht


Update 3-12: mobile and small test sites temporarily require appointments again

It is very busy at the test sites, and the lines are getting longer. As such, testing at the mobile and small test locations is temporarily by appointment only. You can still get tested with or without an appointment at the Utrecht Koploperstraat and Utrecht XL Testpaviljoen test sites. To make an appointment, call 030 630 54 00 or visit www.coronatest.nl. Please remember to bring your ID and mask.


Update 26-11: Evening closures and stricter measures during the day

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has never been as high as during the past few weeks. Access to healthcare is under pressure across all of the Netherlands. The government is therefore imposing stricter measures in order to curb the number of infections and stop the health and care sector being further overburdened. The measures are intended to significantly reduce the frequency of contact between people. Measures and urgent advice include:

  • Everyone should stay at home as much as possible.
  • Between 17.00 and 05.00 locations must be closed and events are not permitted.
  • Everyone aged 18 and over must stay 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Essential shops, such as supermarkets and chemists, can stay open until 20.00. Essential service providers can be open for their normal opening hours.
  • Amateur sports matches and training are not permitted between 17.00 and 05.00. Professional sports matches and training and professional artistic and cultural activities are permitted, even after 17.00. No spectators or audiences.
  • Face masks while moving around and 1.5-metre distancing are required at all locations where people have assigned seats, such as restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres. This means fewer people can be admitted to these locations.
  • 1.5-metre distancing and face masks will be required at all locations with a continuous flow of visitors, such as trade fairs. This means fewer people can be admitted to these locations.
  • The rules for working from home have been tightened: ‘Work from home. If this is impossible: stay 1.5 metres apart at work.’
  • Do a self-test before visiting others or receiving visitors. Take extra care in situations where people aged 70 and over come into contact with children aged 12 and under.
  • A complete overview of measures, conditions and exceptions can be found at government.nl/coronavirus.

Schools will remain open. However, extra rules and arrangements are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus (in Dutch only) as much as possible.

The rules and advice already in place continue to apply. This includes the basic rules, the advice to receive no more than 4 visitors per day and face mask requirements.

These measures will apply until at least Sunday 19 December. The government will reassess the situation on Tuesday 14 December.

A complete overview of measures, conditions and exceptions can be found at www.government.nl/coronavirus.
Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government about the evening closures and stricter measures during the day.


Update 24-11: keeping 1,5 meters distance is mandatory

As of November 24 2021, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters from each other is mandatory again. This means that the police and investigating officers can enforce this.

Adults need to keep 1.5 meters distance from each other, unless they live at 1 address. This is one of the basic rules with which the government wants to limit the spread of the coronavirus. There are exceptions to the 1,5 meters distance rule. For example, in places where a corona entry pass is required. Or where keeping a distance is not possible.

To prevent the virus from spreading it is important that everyone continues to follow the basic rules. The better we do this together, the less the virus can spread and the fewer restrictive measures will be necessary.

Read the basic rules for everyone here: dutch measures against coronavirus: basic rules for everyone


Update 12-11: the Cabinet introduces stricter measures

The Cabinet is taking stricter measures to curb the sharp rise in the number of corona infections and to prevent further overload on healthcare. This is to better protect each other and especially the vulnerable people in our society from the rapidly spreading virus. The measures will apply from Saturday 13 November at 18:00 until at least Saturday 4 December.

Short-term measures

  • Maintain a 1.5-metre distance in places where a coronavirus entry pass is not required. If the coronavirus entry pass is not required, you must wear a mask.
  • Non-essential shops and services such as clothing stores, contact professions such as the hairdresser, and casinos and saunas are open until 18:00.
  • Restaurants and essential shops such as the supermarket, pet store and pharmacy are open until 20:00.
  • You are required to show your coronavirus entry pass at restaurants and pubs, and you must have a designated seat.
  • Events can take place until 18:00 and require a coronavirus entry pass and a designated seat. A maximum of 1250 people applies per event space. The mandatory closing time does not apply to art and cultural performances at cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
  • Spectators are not allowed at either professional or amateur sports. All sports are, however, allowed.
  • The advice to work from home will be changed to 'Work at home, unless you have no other option'.
  • You may receive up to 4 visitors at home a day.
  • If a housemate is infected, he or she must go into isolation. All other (vaccinated and unvaccinated) housemates must be quarantined.
  • For MBO, HBO and universities, a maximum group size per independent space of 75 people (excl. staff) applies. This does not apply to rooms used for interim and final examinations.

All measures, conditions and exceptions are explained in more detail at www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronamaatregelen.


Update 3-11: infections must decrease

In recent weeks the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has risen rapidly. More and more people are being admitted to hospital. Extra measures are taken to slow down the rapid spread of the virus. These measures are in addition to the current rules, such as the closing times for hospitality venues and the 75% maximum capacity limit for indoor events without assigned seating. Measures include:

  • Greater focus on the basic rules. It is important that everyone continues to follow the basic rules, even if they have been vaccinated. The better we do this together, the less the virus can spread and the fewer restrictive measures will be necessary. The basic rules have proved successful in preventing infections.
  • From 3 November 2021, the current advice for working from home will be tightened. From that date onwards, you should work from home for at least half of your normal hours. If you do have to go to work or you go on a trip during your leisure time, avoid busy places while travelling and go outside peak hours.
  • From 6 November, face masks will be mandatory again at more locations. You must once again wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces where coronavirus entry passes are not required. This includes supermarkets, shops, libraries, on public transport and stations, at secondary vocational schools (MBO) and higher education institutions (HBO and universities) and in the case of contact-based professions.
  • From 6 November, coronavirus entry passes will be required at more locations. Using the entry pass system reduces the likelihood of the virus circulating at these locations. It is important that all locations where a coronavirus entry pass is required scan the pass and check the person’s ID. All visitors must show their personal QR code and a valid form of ID.
  • From December, booster vaccination rollout will begin for everyone aged 80 and over who can come to a GGD vaccination location. All adult residents aged 18 and over at care institutions that have their own medical service will also be offered a booster vaccination from that time.

The situation will be reassessed on 12 November.

Read more about the COVID certificate for travel or activities
Read the news item on the website of the Dutch government


Update 7-10: vaccination at Jaarbeurs

The new vaccination location in the Jaarbeurs will be open from Friday 8 October. Everyone 12 years and older can be vaccinated here 7 days a week. This is possible from 9.00 to 17.00 in PaviljoenB on Truus van Lierlaan (next to TestpaviljoenA). You can also get information about vaccinations here. You do not need to make an appointment. Please remember to bring your ID with you. You can choose between the Janssen or the Pfizer vaccine.


Update 5-10: wristbands for the hospitality industry also available in Utrecht

Utrecht will start issuing wristbands from Thursday 7 October to help hospitality industry employees and business owners. It will also make the corona admission check easier for visitors.

There are 3 distribution points in the city centre: the Neude, the Lucasbolwerk and the Ledig Erf. With the wristbands, visitors to restaurants, pubs and clubs in Utrecht will only have to show their corona admission ticket and proof of identity once on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This gives them easier access to different venues on the same night.


Update 4-10: vaccination at 5 locations in Utrecht

Vaccination without an appointment is possible for everyone from the age of 12 at 5 locations in Utrecht. Leidsche Rijn is a new vaccination location. Please note that days in Overvecht and Kanaleneiland have changed.

  • Utrecht Science Park
  • Leidsche Rijn (Indekerngezond)
  • Overvecht (De Dreef)
  • Lombok (Ulu Camii Mosque)
  • Kanaleneiland (Het Krachtstation)

You do not need to make an appointment. You must bring a valid ID card or passport. You can choose between the Janssen or the Pfizer vaccine.


Update 1-10: end of Tozo, TONK until the end of the year

The Tozo scheme for independent entrepreneurs who were affected by the corona crisis ended on 30 September. Coaching and advice is available for all Utrecht independent entrepreneurs from 1 October to help them continue on their own. They can sign up for a future meeting with an advisor with an entrepreneurial background. This is also for entrepreneurs who did not have the Tozo.

TONK

The Cabinet has also not extended the TONK (Temporary Support for Essential Costs) after 1 October. In Utrecht, however, you can still apply for the TONK until 31 December 2021. It is a contribution to your rent or mortgage. TONK is not only for entrepreneurs, but also for Utrecht residents with a job who received less income due to the corona crisis or who lost their job.

Learn more about Dutch government measures to help businesses


Update 25 September: Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry passes

As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. This is a big step forwards. It means restaurants and bars can open to maximum capacity, and all events will again be allowed.

The coronavirus entry pass system is introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted. The aim is to keep the risk of transmission as low as possible while enabling people to socialise as safely as possible. The system also plays an important part in allowing most locations to open at maximum capacity - and to stay open. As of 25 September, the coronavirus entry pass system will apply to bars and restaurants (but not takeaways), events (such as festivals, concerts and professional sports matches), and cultural venues (such as cinemas and theatres).

Read more about the further reopening on the gevernment website


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. 

Read the complete overview of all changes per 25 September on the government website


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.

Read more on the government website


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.

Events

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



More information

RIVM

For the latest news about the coronavirus and the number of infections in Utrecht and the Netherlands, visit the RIVM website.

Other questions

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).

GGD

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

Read the easy version on pharos.nl