During a national press conference, the Dutch government announced new measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As of Tuesday 29th of September at 6 p.m. local time, these effects will be enforced for at least the upcoming three weeks. With infections on the rise in recent weeks, new restrictions are needed to stop a second wave of the pandemic from overburdening medical services. Our capital is currently among the most worrying zones of the country. That explains why the City Council added their own restrictions and recommendations to the national directives. Below, you will find an overview of the latest Amsterdam COVID-19 measures, along with their main impact on visitors from abroad.
The new measures heavily affect Amsterdam citizens, as well as local businesses. Of course, that includes coffeeshops, which operate on a takeaway basis for the time being, with additional rules in place. But apart from that, the effects will certainly have an impact on you as a tourist or business visitor, too. Here is an outline of what to expect when you are planning a visit to Amsterdam.
How The New Amsterdam COVID-19 Rules Affect Tourists
As of now, the measures applying to tourists are the same as the measures enforced on the locals. However, traditionally the behaviour of tourists is slightly different. In general, tourists visit tourist attractions, restaurants, coffeeshops and bars more often than locals. That calls for additional precautions. At any rate, always follow the instructions of local staff and authorities.
General nationwide Measures
The following general COVID-19 rules, described earlier in this Coffeeshop Info Centre blog, already apply to the entire country and remain in force:
- If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible and stay at home – or in your accommodation for foreign visitors;
- Keep a safe 1.5-meter (or roughly six feet) distance from anyone else at all times;
- Avoid crowded places. Leave when you notice that you are unable to keep a safe distance;
- Wash your hands frequently;
- Don’t shake hands with others;
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
New Measures Affecting Amsterdam Visitors
On top of these general measures, here’s what to expect when visiting Amsterdam as a tourist or a visitor:
- Upon arrival at Schiphol Airport (when traveling by plane) staff may advise you to take a test;
- Anyone visiting Amsterdam from a high risk area is advised to self-quarantine for at least 10 days;
- In all public transportation face masks are mandatory. You risk a fine for not wearing one;
- Bars and restaurants do not accept new customers after 9pm and must be closed by 10pm;
- No more than 30 people allowed in bars or restaurant;
- Establishments serving food and drink must request personal information from their visitors. This allows for better contact tracing by the municipal health services. Refusal to participate will lead to refusal of entry;
- Additionally local shop owners can enforce a no-entry policy for customers without face mask. Keep a face mask on you at all times;
- Keep travelling to a bare minimum, unless strictly necessary.
More Info On The New Amsterdam COVID-19 Rules
Looking for more info on the latest measures against the corona pandemic and how they may affect your trip to Amsterdam, its famous coffeeshops, or its curtailed nightlife? A list of the complete changes can be found on the website of the Dutch Government. At any rate, national debate is currently leaning towards more widespread use of face masks. These were already mandatory in certain situations, such as in public transport, for instance. If you plan to visit an Amsterdam coffeeshop, which is still perfectly possible, be sure to bring a face mask with you. Coffeeshop policies vary across town, but many quality cannabis dispensaries encourage preventive face mask use.
Take Care Of Yourself During Your Visit
Take care of yourself and your health. Amsterdam is still as interesting and spectacular as ever, as long as you live by these additional rules. On the other hand, your Amsterdam hosts take your health and safety seriously enough to strongly request your compliance. If we stick to the rules together, we will beat this virus. We are already looking forward to celebrate next year’s tourist season together with you, in the way we are all used to. Until then, we will have to stay safe and vigilant. Enjoy your stay, we are always happy to have you around!