Safe business meetings

Based on the press conference (23rd of April)

The following rules apply during the lockdown

A curfew applies throughout the Netherlands from Saturday 23 January. This means that everyone has to stay indoors between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Check the website of the government for exemptions and other specifics about the curfew.

Rules for everyday life

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Also during the holidays.
  • Work at home. Only go to work when you have to.
  • People who work in healthcare are allowed to continue working.
  • A maximum of 2 people may be together outside, or all people who belong to 1 household. Children up to and including 12 years are not included.
  • Receive only 1 person at home. Children up to and including 12 years are not included.

Rules for shopping and entertainment

  • Ordering and pick-up at stores is possible.
  • Theaters and cinemas are closed.
  • Hairdressers, beauticians and nail salons are open.
  • Tattoo shops and sex establishments are closed.
  • Saunas and casinos are closed.
  • Hotels are open for overnight stays.
  • The restaurants in hotels are closed.
  • Supermarkets are open. The bakery, butcher and other shops for food and drinks are also open.
  • Drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, hearing care professionals and shops for repair and maintenance may also remain open.
  • Hardware stores are open for takeout.
  • Places where you can pick up and send parcels may remain open.
  • Banks remain open.
  • Government organizations remain open.
  • Libraries remain open to collect books.


  • Stores may receive 2 customers by appointment.
  • As of March 16, one customer per 25 square meters of retail space.
  • A maximum of 2 customers may be simultaneously per floor.
  • Customers must be in the store for at least 10 minutes to prevent them from taking turns and coming into contact with each other too quickly.
  • Customers must report 4 hours before a visit.

Click & collect
From February 10, people can order and collect items from shops.
There are strict rules for this:

  • You order from home, online or by phone;
  • The collection point at the store is outside;
  • You can only pick up items in a certain time slot;
  • You collect your belongings on your own;
  • There is a minimum of 4 hours between ordering and collection.

Rules for sports

  • Sports are allowed alone or together with 1 other person.
  • From March 16 sports with a maximum of 4 people is allowed at a distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Sports are only allowed outside.
  • All gyms are closed.
  • Competitions are prohibited. This applies to everyone from 18 years and older.
  • Children up to and including 17 years old are allowed to play outside in larger teams. Or play outside matches with teams from their own club.
  • People up to the age of 26 are allowed to exercise outside together with their own team within the club.
  • Sports canteens are closed.
  • Changing rooms and showers are closed.
  • No audience is allowed to come and watch.
  • Top athletes in top competitions are allowed to train and play matches.

Rules for travel

  • Only travel by public transport if necessary.
  • People who work in healthcare are allowed to continue working.
  • Do not book a trip abroad.
  • Do not travel abroad.

People who come to the Netherlands must have 2 negative corona tests:

  • a "regular" test that is not older than 72 hours;
  • a quick test which is taken shortly before departure.

Rules for schools

  • Universities will teach remotely.
  • Secondary schools and secondary vocational education will be open again from 1 March.
  • Primary schools are open.
  • There are exceptions for vulnerable students.
  • Practical education may continue at school.
  • Classes for exam students continue.
  • Exams continue.
  • Childcare is open.
  • Out-of-school care is closed.

There is emergency shelter for children of parents with a crucial profession. For example if the parents work in a hospital. Or be a teacher.

Video series - ‘Safe business meetings in Haarlem’

The Haarlem Convention Bureau has made a video series to show the MICE industry some examples of local entrepreneurs and their safety measures. View the videos below.

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Interview Boutique hotel Staats
Claudia van den Berg of Boutiquehotel Staats indicates that their meeting facilities and 21 hotel rooms have recently been booked more often by business visitors: 'For example, there are companies that want to bring their employees together again after all those video calls and working from home in order to get unite the useful with the pleasant. "

Watch the video in which Claudia talks about business meetings in the 1.5-meter economy and her vision for the future.

Interview Vooges Centraal
In addition to Vooges Centraal (behind the train station in Haarlem), Rolf Vooges also operates a beach pavilion in Zandvoort and knows, partly because of the changeable Dutch weather, what flexible entrepreneurship is: "Running or standing still. But I have never experienced to completely stand still in our operations". Now that Vooges is back in business within the 1.5 meter economy, he is doing it with a lot of enthusiasm. Vooges is ready to welcoming guests again.

Watch the video in which Rolf talks about business meetings in the 1.5 meter economy and his vision for the future.

Interview Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
After an enormous renovation, Niels Piscaer of Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem was completely ready to welcoming the business guest. But then COVID-19 happened. The conference hotel of Haarlem is very spacious with  20 meeting rooms, optionally in combination with 314 hotel rooms and 378 seats in the restaurant. Therefore they can welcoming their guests again in a safe way.

Watch the video in which Niels talks about business meetings in the 1.5-meter economy and his vision for the future.