News item | 26-11-2021 | 19:10
The number of corona infections has never been higher than in recent weeks. Access to healthcare is at risk across the country. Unfortunately, it appears necessary to stop planable care such as hip or inguinal hernia operations, so that the most acute care can still continue. For example, major heart surgery, cancer treatments and kidney transplants. We all want to be able to go to the hospital, the GP and the outpatient clinic if necessary. No decrease in infection rates and hospital admissions is expected in the short term. That is why the cabinet intervenes, with stricter measures. In order to reduce the number of corona infections and to prevent further overload of healthcare. The measures are aimed at strongly reducing the number of contact moments per day. Daily life continues during the day (school, work, sports, etc.), but with additional rules. In the evening almost everything is closed.
These measures will take effect on Sunday 28 November at 5 a.m. They apply in any case until December 19, 2021. The situation will be reassessed on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
Measures and urgent advice
- The following applies to everyone: stay at home as much as possible.
- 1,5 meters away is mandatory for all adults from 18 years old.
- There is a closing time for all locations and events between 5:00 PM and 5:00 AM.
- Essential stores, such as supermarkets and drugstores, remain open until 8 p.m.
- Essential services such as the notary or lawyer, mortgage advisor and medical contact professions, have normal opening hours.
- Amateur sports (matches and training) are no longer allowed between 5:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Top sport (training and playing matches) and professional art and culture are allowed after 5 pm. Without an audience.
- 1,5 meters away and a mouth cap is mandatory in all places where a fixed seat applies. Such as in the catering industry, in cinemas and theaters. This has an effect on the number of visitors. There could be fewer people inside.
- 1.5 meters away and a mouth cap is mandatory at transfer locations, for example at trade fairs. This has an effect on the number of visitors. Fewer people can be admitted.
- The advice to work from home will be tightened up to ‘Work at home. Can’t do that: always keep 1,5 meters away at work.
- Are you going to visit others or are you receiving visitors? Then do a self-test.
- Take special care with contacts between older people from 70 years and children up to 12 years.
View the short overview of measures that apply from 28 November 2021.
These measures are in addition to the advice and rules that currently apply to everyone, such as:
- the basic rules;
- the urgent advice not to receive more than 4 guests a day at home;
- the mask obligation;
- no audience at sports;
- a maximum group size of 1250 people in large halls; and
- the use of the corona ticket and permanent seat in the catering and cultural sector.
Education remains open. Additional agreements will be made to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible. Such as walking routes in schools and face masks in the hallway for staff and students from group 6 and in secondary education. And regular self-tests. Children younger than 12 years with a mild nose cold and a snot must stay at home and be tested at the GGD.
The cabinet sees that the stricter measures have major consequences for entrepreneurs and workers and is therefore substantially expanding the support package. For example, the NOW wage subsidy will return and the cabinet will increase the Fixed Charges Allowance. This expansion involves almost € 2.2 billion.
As many elderly as possible will receive a booster before the end of the year. The GGD, RIVM and other parties are starting a booster offensive to this end. For example, Defense (with 750 employees) and students (from senior secondary vocational education to university) will help with vaccinations. Vaccination of non-mobile elderly people will also start sooner: from next week, instead of January 2022.