English information corona virus
Here you can follow the latest developments concerning the coronavirus in the Aalsmeer region.
- 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.nl.
21 September 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of September 20, 2020
During the press conference of Friday September 18, 2020, the government has announced new measures for 6 safety regions, due to the increasing number of contaminations, that have been categorized as ‘worrisome’ The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended accordingly as of September 20, 2020.
- Read the amended emergency ordinance (in Dutch).
18 September 2020:
New regional measures to control the spread of coronavirus
The government has announced specific measures to control the spread of coronavirus. The measures have been coordinated closely with 6 safety regions and are based on urgent recommendations by the Outbreak Management Team. They will come into effect at 18:00 on Sunday 20 September 2020.
16 September 2020:
Adjustments to emergency regulation: measures extended
The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended on a number of points:
- All measures in force on September 1 2020 have been extended.
- The obligation for young people to wear a mask in student and target group transport is not being maintained. This concerns the transport of pupils to and from secondary (special) education. In addition, it concerns the transport of young people up to the age of 17 to and from the location where young people receive youth care, childcare and care locations for youth, such as child service centers (KDC). Only the explanation to article 2.8 has been changed for this.
These changes are in accordance with national policy.
- Read the amended emergency ordinance (in Dutch).
9 September 2020:
Progress letter COVID-19 Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region
Every two weeks, the chairman of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region (VrAA) sends a letter to the council of mayor and aldermen about the progress in the approach to COVID-19.
The letter of September 4, 2020 consists of three parts:
- A state of affairs regarding the development of the previously announced escalation ladder;
- A state of affairs regarding the indicators on the development of COVID-19 in the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region;
- An update on the measures announced on August 18, 2020.
- Read the Progress letter on the COVID-19 approach to the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region (in Dutch).
3 September 2020:
Measures corona virus as of September 1, 2020
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge shared the current state of the corona virus in a press conference on September 1, 2020. They indicated where we are now, about six months after the start of the outbreak. They also discussed what we are doing to stay ahead of a second wave.
21 August 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of August 21, 2020
The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended as of August 21 2020.
- Read the amended emergency ordinance (in Dutch)
19 August 2020:
New national rules and urgent advice
The number of coronavirus infections and hospital admissions have increased further. Prime Minister Rutte warns that we will soon be back to square one, if we are not careful. That is why the government has announced to tighten up the measures.
18 August 2020:
Letter to the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region regarding coronavirus developments
Tonight, the mayor of the Safety Region, Femke Halsema, sent a letter to the city council of Amsterdam and councils of the Amsterdam-Amstelland region. In this letter, she provides an analysis of the spread of the corona virus in the region. In addition, she discusses the measures taken in the recent weeks and outlines the possible steps that can be taken in the coming months if the number of infections continues to rise.
17 August 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of August 14, 2020
The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended as of August 14 2020.
11 August 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of August 10, 2020
In the press conference on Thursday, August 6 2020, the government announced a number of additional measures that Security Regions can implement. That is why the emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended on three points:
- Prohibition from introduction weeks. The Safety Region can grant an exemption for small-scale activities aimed at education or sports where no alcohol is served;
- Obligation in the catering industry to request data from visitors for source and contact research of the GGD;
- Further explanation that buildings (not houses) can be closed for a maximum of fourteen days if there is a source of infection there.
From August 5 2020 it is mandatory in parts of Amsterdam to wear a mouth mask. Wearing masks does not apply to Aalsmeer.
07 August 2020:
Regaining control over coronavirus with local measures
Fortunately, many people are still complying with the basic rules. However, there are also lots of people who are not. This is a cause for concern and is reflected in the recent outbreaks that have been seen. If we cannot all work together to turn the tide, we run the risk of losing control over the virus again. We will also lose the progress we have achieved together over the past few months.
As a result, the government will be supporting local authorities in taking additional action to get coronavirus under control where necessary. This can include introducing extra, local measures in addition to the national measures already in place. We will also be implementing and strengthening certain nationwide measures.
- Read more about the measures on Government.nl.
23 July 2020:
Stay alert, stick to the rules
The number of corona infections is increasing. That is why it is important that we stick to the rules. On the website Government.nl you can find more information about the basic rules and rules that apply indoors and outdoors.
16 July 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of 15 July 2020
As of 15 July 2020 the regional emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been clarified on a number of points. Read more about the most important changes as of 15 July 2020.
1 July 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of July 1, 2020
The government has announced that the corona measures can be relaxed as of 1 July 2020. The regional emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been adapted to this. Read more about the most important changes as of 1 July 2020.
25 June 2020:
From 1 July: staying 1.5 metres apart remains the norm
We can now take another step forward in our approach to tackling coronavirus. A new phase is beginning and we are moving from an intelligent lockdown to less restrictive rules. General rules still apply, because coronavirus has not gone away. Read more about the new measures from 1 July 2020 on Government.nl.
16 June 2020:
Emergency ordinance as of June 15, 2020
The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region is adjusted on a number of points, as of June 15 2020. Communal washing, toilet and shower facilities at recreation parks, holiday parks, camping areas, camping fields and marinas may open again on June 15. This also applies to changing and showers in swimming pools and sports clubs. In addition, residents of nursing homes may receive multiple visitors from June 15. This is subject to the condition that the nursing home is free from corona infections and that the visit is kept 1.5 meters away. On Government.nl you can read more about moving step by step towards more freedom in public life.
8 June 2020:
Travelling abroad possible from June 15
From June 15, 2020, it will be possible to go on holiday to countries within the EU/Schengen zone and to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The travel advice for countries in those areas will be changed from orange (holiday travel not recommended) to yellow (holiday travel possible, watch out for risks). Avoid crowds, even during the holiday season. Are you going on vacation anyway? Make sure you travel smart.
29 May 2020:
From June 1, 2020 testing is possible for anyone with mild symptoms
Anyone with mild symptoms that may indicate the coronavirus, can make an appointment to be tested at the Municipal Health Service (GGD) via a national telephone number from June 1, 2020. Throughout the Netherlands, the number of GGD test facilities has been expanded to over 80. If there is an infection with the coronavirus, the GGD will start a source and contact investigation. Even after June 1, the follow-up of the hygiene measures and the 1.5 meter distance rule remains of great importance, in addition to extensive testing and tracing. To make a test appointment, a national toll free telephone number will be available from June 1, 2020.
19 May 2020:
Tackling the coronavirus: the next step
As long as coronavirus remains under control, we will continue to move step by step towards having more freedom. As of June 1, 2020 the Netherlands will relax a few more measures. People will be able to do certain things together again.
13 May 2020:
Loosening the corona measures from the 11th of May
On 6th May last, the government announced a step-by-step plan for loosening the corona measures. With this plan, we have reached a new phase of the corona crisis. From Monday 11th May, Aalsmeer will gradually open up again. The adjustments have been adopted in the new emergency order of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region.
7 May 2020:
Step by step going forward
Avoid busy places and stay 1.5 metres away from others
From Monday 11 May we can allow one another a little more freedom, while keeping coronavirus under control. But it will be more important than ever to observe the main basic rules.
24 April 2020:
King's Day is celebrated at home
We regret that King's Day cannot be celebrated in the traditional way because of the corona measures. This means there will be no activities in Aalsmeer either.
22 April 2020:
Corona measures extended
We will continue with the corona approach in the Netherlands. Wash your hands, stay at home as much as possible, work from home, keep your distance; all measures advised by experts are extended. However, there is cautiously more space for children and young people.
Number of corona infections and hospital names in Aalsmeer on the RIVM website
As of today (22 April 2020), the number of corona infections and hospital admissions will no longer be tracked on the municipal website, but only on the RIVM website. On the RIVM website you can find the most accurate and recent information about positively tested persons, hospital admissions and deceased persons, also at municipal level.
17 april 2020:
Keep your old clothes at home for now
The City is normally very pleased with every piece of clothing that ends up in the underground textile containers, but at the moment this is not a good idea.
9 april 2020:
Stay at home for Easter!
The Easter weekend is coming up and the weather will be great. Yet, you are still urged to stay at home as much as possible and only go outside for an errand or a walk around the block. Not for recreational purposes.
On this page you will find the adapted services of the City of Aalsmeer with regard to the measures concerning the coronavirus and the upcoming public holidays.
- Go to page Adapted services
3 April 2020
The Safety Region takes additional measures for the weekend
The first spring weekend is coming up, but we are still urging you to stay at home as much as possible and to go outside only for an errand or a short walk and not for recreation. Do not visit busy places such as parks and squares and always keep at least 1.5 metres’ distance. These measures are and will be necessary to combat corona and limit the pressure on the healthcare capacity. Only together can we control corona.
1 April 2020
City support package
Unusual times call for unusual measures. All aspects of our daily lives have changed due to the coronavirus. In your family, your business, and also in care, education and business. That is why on 31 March 2020, in addition to the national support package, the Aalsmeer city council also promulgated a city support package. Below you will find an overview of the city and national support measures.
Support to social organisations
- The rental income by the city to subsidised institutions is suspended for 6 months;
- Subsidies paid and yet to be paid for the year 2020 will not be recovered (even if no performance has been made);
- The city is prepared to provide cultural, social and sports institutions with liquidity in the coming six months on the basis of specific substantiated applications.
- Contracted care providers who are unable to - entirely - meet their obligations during the next three months because of the corona issues, can request the city in writing, supported by documentary evidence, to be fair in the final invoice.
Measures to combat coronavirus extended until Tuesday 28 April inclusive
The government decided today that all measures taken in the Netherlands to combat coronavirus will be extended until Tuesday 28 April inclusive. In the week before 28 April, the government will assess what measures are necessary in the period after that date. The government urges people to stay at home during the Easter weekend.
30 March 2020:
Weekly market on Tuesday continues with food only
Non-food stalls will no longer be allowed on the market. This has been agreed on a regional level because of the recent government measures. This means that markets will still be held, but only for food stalls.
24 March 2020:
Stricter measures to control coronavirus
On Monday 23 March the government introduced additional measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
18 March 2020:
Frequently Asked Questions coronavirus
In this list you can find the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the coronavirus in Aalsmeer.
16 March 2020:
Message from the regional emercengy services
Central government has ordered the closure of all schools, creches, cafes and restaurants (including their terraces), coffeeshops, sports clubs and sex clubs. In a message from the regional emercengy services you can find the measures.
13 March 2020:
Appointment town hall
You can reach the town hall of Aalsmer by phone or online. Telephone number: (0297) 38 75 75
12 March 2020:
Letter Mayor Halsema from Amsterdam and Chair of the Security Region Amsterdam-Amstelland
Mayor Halsema from Amsterdam and Chair of the Security Region Amsterdam-Amstelland has written a letter about the new measures as of 12 March 2020.
29 Februari 2020:
Advice and information on the new coronavirus
The corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak is giving rise to many questions, including about the potential impact on the Netherlands. A wide range of relevant organisations are working together to prevent infections occurring, as well as to limit the impact of the new virus.
The Dutch government provides the latest information regarding Coronavirus in English, as well as links to frequently asked questions and answers given on other official websites.
Advice and information on the new coronavirus
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is providing advice and information on the new coronavirus. The organisation provides advice to doctors, laboratories and municipal health services (GGDs) on tackling the virus in the Netherlands.
- You can find detailed information on the new coronavirus on the RIVM website.
- Anyone with questions can also contact RIVM directly.
- Q and A coronavirus (COVID-19) on RIVM.
National information line
For further questions, please call the national information line: 0800-1351 (please note that this service is available in Dutch only).
General health advice
- wash your hands with soap and water
- sneeze and cough into your elbow
- turn away from others coughing or sneezing
- use paper tissues.