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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
Evening closures and stricter measures during the day
26 November 2021
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. Unfortunately, it is necessary at this stage to cancel scheduled care, such as hip and hernia operations, to ensure the continuity of the most acute care, such as major heart surgery, cancer treatment and kidney transplants. We all want hospital, GP and outpatient care to be available when we need it. The number of infections and hospital admissions is not expected to fall in the short term. 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.
Infection rate must go down: stricter rules to limit person-to-person contacts
12 November 2021
The government is tightening up measures to combat the sharp increase in coronavirus infections and avoid putting further pressure on the overburdened healthcare sector. The virus is transmitted through contact between people, so additional measures are being introduced to reduce the number of contacts that people have on a day-to-day basis. This will protect everyone better, and people in at-risk groups in particular, against the virus, which is now extremely widespread. The aim is to enable people to go about their daily activities (school, work, sports, etc.) as much as possible during the day, but to restrict the number of contacts in the evening. These measures will enter into force at 18.00 on Saturday 13 November 2021 and apply until at least Saturday 4 December 2021. The government will reassess the situation on Friday 3 December 2021.
- Read the news article Infection rate must go down: stricter rules to limit person-to-person contacts
Infections must decrease, appropriate measures needed
3 November 2021
In recent weeks the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has risen rapidly. More and more people are being admitted to hospital. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs is now growing and calculations show that numbers could increase further. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) expects a peak of 500 COVID-19 patients in ICUs this winter. To ensure that we can continue to provide everyone with the healthcare they need and protect the vulnerable groups in our society against the increased presence of coronavirus, the government is taking extra measures to slow down the rapid spread of the virus.
In doing so, the government wants to keep society open as much and as safely as possible. 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.
Corona test unit GGD three weeks at the Dreef
8 October 2021
From monday the 11th until sunday the 31th of October the GGD corona test unit stands at the Dreef in Hornmeer. At this unit corona tests are performed without an appointment. The tests are available for residents from Aalsmeer and Kudelstaart with light symptoms.
The unit is opened seven days a week from 9.00 until 12.00 and from 12.45 until 16.00 o'clock. Every citizen from Aalsmeer and Kudelstaart can come by for a test, for free and without an appointment. Do not forget to wear a face mask.
Of course it is still possible to make an appointment at the regular test locations via the general phone number of the GGD (0800-1202). Visitors of the temporary corona test unit and the regular test location are urgently requested to stay at home until they receive their test result. With a negative test result from de GGD you can not generate a COVID certificate to enter restaurants, events or theaters. For this you can make an appointment via the website Testen voor Toegang (in English and Dutch).
- Read the news article Corona test unit GGD three weeks at the Dreef (in Dutch)
Requesting a paper COVID Certificate
29 September 2021
As of 25 September 2021, you have to show a COVID Certificate and proof of identity if you would like to go to a restaurant, event, theater or cinema. You can create a COVID Certificate on your mobile phone with the CoronaCheck-app. Don’t have a smartphone? Then you can also print a paper COVID Certificate. There are two ways to request a paper COVID Certificate:
- On your computer with a printer. You will then need a DigiD.
- If you do not have a smartphone, DigiD or a computer, you can request a COVID Certificate by phone.
You can find more information about requesting a COVID Certificate on the website of the Government.
- Read the news article Requesting a paper COVID Certificate (in Dutch)
Coronacheck mostly responsibility of hospitality industry and guests
17 September 2021
The government announced on monday the 13th of September 2021 that corona measures are going to be relaxed. As of 25 September 2021, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others and a COVID certificate is needed to entry the hospitality industry and other public spaces.
The responsibility of checking the COVID certificate lies at the hospitality industry and other public spaces. The municipality relies on the common sense of the hospitality industry and their guests. There will not be active enforcement on this.
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.
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.
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.
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.