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Here you can follow the latest developments concerning the coronavirus in the Aalsmeer region.
Coronavirus in Aalsmeer
- Information about the adjusted services of Aalsmeer
- You will find the latest emergency regulations about corona at the website of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region (in Dutch).
- The latest information and questions and answers you can find at the website of The Government.
- Do you still have any questions? Call the national information number: (0800) 1351.
- Read all the information about coronavirus testing.
- More about the development of the coronavirus in the Netherlands on the coronavirus dashboard on Government
Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry passes
15 September 2021
As of 25 September 2021, 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. Nearly 13 million people in the Netherlands have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 11 million are fully vaccinated. Hospital and ICU admissions are stable. The majority of people who are admitted to hospital or who test positive for coronavirus are still unvaccinated. Vaccination coverage is high enough that we can lift the rule to stay 1.5 metres from others. But it’s not yet high enough to do this without putting other conditions in place. Only maximum vaccination coverage will allow us to lift all the measures, protect people with chronic health conditions, and ensure everyone has access to healthcare when they need it. In November the government will reassess the measures remaining in place for now.
The Netherlands adjusts policy on travelling within EU, multi-day events with overnight stays cancelled until 1 September
27 July 2021
The government is changing its policy on travelling within the European Union (EU). This decision is based on three positive developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic in Europe:
- more than half of all adults in the EU are now fully vaccinated. In the Netherlands 83.5% of adults are partly vaccinated and 59% are fully vaccinated;
- despite the growing number of infections, hospital and ICU admissions are manageable;
- member states agreed to facilitate travel within the EU as of 1 July with the Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) scheme.
No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extended
13 August 2021
This week saw the 22 millionth dose of vaccine administered. The Netherlands now has high vaccination coverage and the figure is continuing to rise on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a greater increase is still needed. There are still an estimated 1.8 million people who have not built up immunity, either through vaccination or through infection. Fortunately, the tide turned quickly on the fourth wave of infections, and the number of hospital and ICU admissions is not expected to increase further. This shows just how important vaccination is. However, the current favourable outlook is no guarantee for low infection rates in the autumn and winter.
The government has therefore 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 the news article No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extended
Ordering free COVID self-tests
9 August 2021
Between 10 August and 1 September 2021 you will receive a letter from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) at your home address. The letter explains that you can order 2 free COVID self-tests via zelftestenbestellen.nl. You can use a self-test to find out whether you are infected with coronavirus. This will prevent you unknowingly transmitting the virus to other people when you mix with them after the summer break. For example, if you’re going back to work or school after returning from a holiday.
No choice but to take summertime measures in face of rapid increase in infections
9 July 2021
The coronavirus infection rate in the Netherlands has increased much faster than expected since society reopened almost completely on 26 June. Most infections have occurred in nightlife settings and parties with high numbers of people. The increased infection rate does not currently pose a threat to vulnerable groups or the capacity of the healthcare system. However, such a high number of infectious people can be a risk for people who have not, or not yet, been fully vaccinated. The Delta variant is causing more cases of illness among people who are not fully vaccinated, and there have even been cases of this variant infecting people who are fully vaccinated or who have already had a coronavirus infection. The possibility of new virus mutations arising also raises uncertainty. And the lingering symptoms of ‘long COVID’ can also have a big impact on people’s lives.
All this gives the government cause for concern. We cannot discount the possibility that hospital admissions will again increase in the weeks ahead. We have therefore decided that extra measures are necessary this summer.
- Read the news article No choice but to take summertime measures in face of rapid increase in infections
Netherlands to take big step in relaxing measures: almost everything allowed with 1.5-metre distancing
21 June 2021
The number of new infections and the number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are now both falling sharply. Most restrictions are therefore no longer necessary. That is why the government has decided that step 4 of the reopening plan can be taken and that more restrictions than planned can be relaxed. From 26 June, all establishments can open their doors, but it is important the 1.5-metre distancing rule remains the norm everywhere.
- Read the news article Netherlands to take big step in relaxing measures: almost everything allowed with 1.5-metre distancing
Vaccination location in Amstelveen
18 June 2021
The GGD Amsterdam Amstelland will open a new corona vaccination location in Amstelveen at Bovenkerkerweg 6-8 on Thursday, July 1, 2021. This location was chosen because of its good accessibility and its central location near Amstelveen, Aalsmeer and Uithoorn.
- Read the news article GGD opens vaccination location Amstelveen (in Dutch)
Step 3: nearly everything to reopen, subject to certain conditions
31 May 2021
The number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 is falling rapidly. And more and more people are being vaccinated. The government has therefore decided to bring forward step 3 of the reopening plan by a couple of days. From Saturday 5 June, most locations in the Netherlands will be open, subject to certain conditions. Coronavirus entry passes will open up possibilities for various activities and will, for example, make it possible to increase visitor numbers.
Second step of reopening plan confirmed
19 May 2021
The numbers of new ICU and hospital admissions for COVID-19 have continued to fall. This means the government’s decision to take the second step of the plan to reopen society on 19 May 2021 is final. The government will not press the ‘pause’ button.
Step 2: Indoor sports facilities to reopen and more scope for activities outdoors
12 May 2021
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has fallen slightly. And, with more than six million vaccine doses administered, the number of vaccinated people is growing steadily. The government expects the number of new hospital admissions to fall more rapidly from now on. So it intends to take the second step of the reopening plan on 19 May 2021.
- Read the news article Step 2: Indoor sports facilities to reopen and more scope for activities outdoors from the Dutch Government.
Previous updates about the coronavirus in Aalsmeer can be read on the page Archive English informatie coronavirus.