23 March 2020 – Asked people to stay at home as much as possible

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Type of Intervention: Physical distancing
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: The Dutch Government asked people to stay at home except for essential tasks such as work, buying food, taking care of others and getting fresh air.

People must also keep a distance of 1.5 meters away from others in public and avoid group activities or gatherings of three or more people. Those who are sick (e.g. with a cough, cold or fever) are required to self-isolate.

The ban on public events and gatherings has also been extended until 1 June 2020. There are exceptions for religious gatherings, funerals and marriage ceremonies of no more than 30 people, and local government meetings of no more than 100 people. These gatherings must follow recommended hygiene rules and physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

Restrictions have also been placed on shops, markets and public transport services to ensure physical distancing. All contact-based services, such as masseurs, hairdressers and beauticians are also closed. There are exceptions for businesses providing medical treatments and physical distancing rules. Casinos are also closed from 24 March 2020.

Local Government authorities have also been given powers to enforce closures on holiday parks, campgrounds, conservation areas and beaches if relevant hygiene rules and physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be complied with. This includes the ability to introduce emergency legislation (noodverordening) and fines to enforce measures.
Full details here: https://www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-health-welfare-and-sport/news/2020/03/24/additional-measures-introduced-on-23-march