Are you traveling ?
1. Planning on traveling soon ? If so, please ensure your follow country requirements, as well as unit guidance. To see the U.S. Army Europe Procedures for Unofficial Travel During COVID-19, click here.
2. The U.S. European Command (U.S. EUCOM) has further assessed The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France, in addition to Belgium, as "Red" countries in regards to official and unofficial travel. As a result of this assessment, travel (official and unofficial) to or from these countries by a Service Member requires an Exception To Policy (ETP) in accordance with the respective service component's procedure. Additionally, official travel by a DoD Civilian assigned to U.S. EUCOM requires an ETP. For Soldiers, the Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command (TSC), and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the USAG Benelux area of responsibility, issued General Order Number 4 with an updated annex.
3. If you are traveling outside Belgium (see updated information about location defined by Belgian health authorities as high risk at https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en), then you are required to fill out THIS FORM and send it to PLFBelgium@health.fgov.be the day of your arrival. This applies to each member of a household 16 years or older. If traveling by air, this form must be printed BEFORE BOARDING the aircraft. For more information, click here.
Need to shop but are on restriction of movement?
The DeCA Shopping Program is established in order to assist community members who hold a US DoD ID card and are unable to shop for themselves due to COVID-19 quarantine/self-isolation.
In order to reduce the risk for everyone and to comply with CDC guidelines, the wear of face coverings is now mandatory on all AAFES, DeCA and Post Offices facilities through the USAG Benelux footprint. Not having a face covering could result in the denial of access to the services.
How to make your own face covering ? Click on the links below.
COVID-19 Guidance and Information
A Letter to the Community - Aug. 12, 2020
Maj. Gen. Mohan Information - General Orders
Message on restriction of movement
In our continued attempt to protect the force andcommunity, and to rapidly communicate changes, we want to provide you with thefollowing update:
All personnel entering the USAG Benelux SRO Area ofResponsibility from the United States are subject to a mandatory 14-dayQuarantine restriction of
movement (ROM). A summary of 14-day ROM standards of conduct follows:
1) During 14-day ROM, all personnel must remain in theirlodging room except for a few exceptions. There should be no congregating incommunal areas at the lodge/hotel. Wearing of masks and social distancingis required for all activity outside rooms and inside the lodge/hotel. Kidsbetween the ages of 2 to 12 are encouraged to wear masks, but not required. For breakfast, please keep minimal traffic in the lodgingcommon area to get breakfast and return back to your room. Theserestrictions apply to similar hotel services on the host nation economy.
Sponsors will be a critical component in the process toprovide life support services.
4) For our fellow "Shapians" at SHAPE, an updatefrom the Base Support Group Commander: masks are mandatory throughout the entire 500Area of SHAPE (Carrefour, RIS, Pizza Bowl, etc), which includes theparking lot....so, masks should be worn prior to exiting vehicle.
Please remain vigilant to protect ourselves, so we canprotect the force, and the force can protect our Host Nations and partners!
James Ross Yastrzemsky
Colonel, U.S. Army
Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux
COVID-19 fact sheets and tips
- COVID-19 Home, Work, and Community Wellness and Prevention Standard Operating Procedures
- Face Covering Dos and Don'Ts
- CSM Herzfeld Script and FAQ on travel ban extension (Town Hall 24 April)
- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux COVID-19 UPDATE - Mandatory Use of Face Covering (APRIL 8)
- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux COVID-19 Update (March 26)
- Read here about the travel restrictions for DoD Components
- COVID-19 evolving situation and information
- 10 tips for At-Home Quarantine or self-Monitoring
- COVID-19 Testing
- 470th Military Treatment Facility: COVID-19 Handout
- Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Cards Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
- CID Warns of Increase in COVID-19 Related Fraud, Scams
- Information about Advanced Placement exams: AP Letter -Key Information for AP Students with Nighttime Test Schedules - SHAPE AP Exams
- Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Cards Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
USAG Benelux COVID-19 Policy Letters
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #1, COVID-19 Policy Guidance for the Garrison Community
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #2, Norms and Mandatory Protective Measures for Entering USAG Benelux Bases, Sites, Facilities and Use of Garrison Service
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #3, Child & Youth Services (CYS) mission critical childcare priorities
- COVID-19 Policy Letter #4 (Updated), COVID-19 Critical In-processing Procedures
Information about civilian personnel
- Civilian Personnel Guidance: Questions and Answers related to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
- Novel Coronavirus Q&A for HN employees in Belgium
- Read here the guidance and FAQ on work flexibilities for HN/US personnel
- Claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act due to COVID-19
1. Planning on traveling soon ? If so, please ensure your follow country requirements, as well as unit guidance. To see the U.S. Army Europe Procedures for Unofficial Travel During COVID-19, click here.
2. Public Health Passenger Locator Form:
Belgium recently initiated new procedures requiringpeople (16 years or older) who travel outside the country (by air, train, bus,or car) for over 48 hours to complete a traveler form (Public HealthPassenger Locator Form) following a stay outside the Schengen Area or in a "high-risk" area as defined by Belgianauthorities and located inside the European Union (EU). This form will enable public healthofficers to locate you in case you have been exposed to a seriouscommunicable disease.
Find all the information here.
The Public Health Passenger Locater Form is available here.
3. The European Union launched an interactive tool with the information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays. Click here.
Click also on the links below for more information:
The best way to prevent illness is to reduce or eliminate exposure to viral biological agents. Tips to protect against infection include:
- Practice good personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing, which is one of the best ways to prevent transmitting infection. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Keep immunizations up-to-date.
- Ensure any environment that might harbor bio-hazards (for example, fans or ventilations systems) is regularly maintained, cleaned, and sterilized.
- Clean and disinfect work surfaces often.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Handle and dispose all bio-hazardous waste materials safely. Always handle blood and any other bodily fluids as if it can be infectious. If injury or bleeding occur, handle every person in a manner that minimizes exposure to blood and body fluids.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the used tissue immediately in the garbage with a lid and wash your hands.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
Q1. Should I wear a facemask?
A1. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper strongly encourages military personnel, DoD civilians, their family members, and DoD contractors to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings, or where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Accordingly, the USAG Benelux Garrison commander is putting measures in place to regulate the wear of face coverings through the garrison footprint. Effective April 10, to reduce the risk for the entire community, the wear of face coverings will be mandatory on all AAFES, DeCA and Post Office facilities through the USAG Benelux area of responsibility. We are doing great as a community at protecting ourselves; this will help even more.
What to do in case of Covid 19 suspicion
Q1. What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?
A1. If you have fever and signs/symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) AND meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Travel to an affected region (China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy) in the last 14 days
- Close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Please stay home and contact a healthcare professional for additional medical advice! Contact your healthcare provider via telephone and mention your travel history and your symptoms. Please do not go to your healthcare provider’s waiting room or to the local Hospital Emergency Department unless directed by your healthcare provider or the Nurse Advice Line.
Q2. Should I wear a facemask?
A2. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper strongly encourages military personnel, DoD civilians, their family members, and DoD contractors to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings, or where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Accordingly, the USAG Benelux Garrison commander is putting measures in place to regulate the wear of face coverings through the garrison footprint. Effective April 10, to reduce the risk for the entire community, the wear of face coverings will be mandatory on all AAFES, DeCA and Post Office facilities through the USAG Benelux area of responsibility. We are doing great as a community at protecting ourselves; this will help even more.
Q3. What will happen if your healthcare provider refers you to the local hospital emergency room for COVID-19 testing?
A3. Several actions will take place
- Your healthcare provider, or patient liaison, or NAL will reach out to the designated hospital and inform them that they have instructed you to present for testing (you have already been screened). This allows the hospital time to receive you with proper protective measures and isolation rooms.
- Your healthcare provider will inform SHAPE Public Health Department that you will be submitted for testing. This measure is valid for the entire USAG Benelux personnel, for all locations.
- If you go to the Hospital Emergency Department without being screened by your healthcare provider, the Hospital will determine the need to screen you. If you do not meet the screening criteria, you may be released from the hospital without being tested for COVID-19. If you call the local Hospital without being screened by your healthcare provider, they will screen you over the phone and determine your need to be tested for COVID-19.
- If you are tested by a local hospital for COVID-19, contact the SHAPE Public Health, your healthcare provider, or patient liaison. You should inform them you are being tested and are waiting results. All are medical personnel can receive your confidential health information. If you are tested for COVID-19, you will likely be requested to remain at home in self isolation precautions.
- All USAG Benelux personnel and family members need to inform SHAPE Public Health if you are tested or on isolation for COVID-19.
- The severity of your symptoms will determine the need for you to be admitted to the hospital. The current Belgian Hospital treating those that need hospital care is St. Pierre in Brussels.
- If necessary, your healthcare team will coordinate with local health authorities to transport you to a hospital equipped to support patients with COVID-19 infection.
- If you are referred to remain in isolation, your healthcare team will monitor you frequently to assess your symptoms, need for further hospital care, and guidance on release from isolation.
Q4. What is the treatment for the coronavirus?
A4. There is no specific antiviral treatment for the coronavirus. People who think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Q5. What are the important numbers?
SHAPE Public Health/Preventive Medicine: (+32) 65325336
SHAPE Clinic appointment line: (+32) 065445886 Brussels Clinic appointment line: (+32) 026861515
Geilenkirchen Clinic appointment line: (+49) 02451-99-3200
Ambroise Pare: (+32) 065414444
UZ Leuven: (+32) 016343900
Nurse advice line (NAL) for TRICARE beneficiaries:
- Bahrain: 800-06432
- Belgium: 0800-81933
- Germany: 0800-071-3516
- Greece: 00-800-4414-1013
- Italy: 800-979721
- Spain: 900-82-2740
- Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287
- UK: 0800-028-3263
For SHAPE Healthcare Facility beneficiaries, call Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for Brussels Clinics beneficiaries, call your clinic Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.). All others, contact your medical provider. After hours, TRICARE beneficiaries contact the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) which can be found on the TRICARE website (https://www.tricare.mil/ContactUs/CallUs/NAL.). After hours, for non-TRICARE beneficiaries contact your insurance advice line.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency in Europe, dial civilian 112.
Q1. What makes homeschooling successful ?
• Start slow. Start with one subject or lesson at a time, then add another the next day.
• End on a positive note. If you have success with a couple of lessons, then end there. Ending when everyone is happy or
had success builds confidence for the next day.
• If there is frustration, anger or tears, then take a break. It is ok to stop and come back after an hour or two or the next day. It’s best to say, “Ok, let’s go outside for a bit and come back at 1 p.m. and try again.”
• Have patience and show grace to your child. Do not blame yourself or your child.
• Each child learns differently so it is OK if they each approach an assignment differently.
• Khan Academy is a great website to use for resources of all ages.
Q2. Who should I talk to if I have questions about my children’s health?
A2. Parents with questions should contact a school nurse or healthcare provider. If you have concerns about the safety of your child’s school, contact your principal or School Liaison Officer.
Q3. Where can I find information about Coronavirus impact on DoDEA schools?
A3. Monitor the following website for DoDEA information : https://www.dodea.edu/Coronavirus.cfm
Q4. How does the CYS staff prevent the spread of the disease?
- Staff sanitize mouthed toys, food surface areas, and activity tables after each use. Toys used by children three (3) years and older are cleaned and sanitized weekly.
- CYS staff disinfect diaper-changing tables after each use.
- Individual cots and mats are disinfected at a minimum of weekly. Mats/cots and bedding (sheets and blankets) are cleaned and sanitized weekly or immediately when soiled, or after use by child when a cot/mat is shared.
- Cribs sheets are laundered daily, after soiling, and after use by child when a crib is shared. Each child’s bedding is stored separately from other children’s bedding.
- CYS has implemented additional measures to prevent the spread of disease by employing a weekly regime of disinfecting all facilities and equipment.
Note: click on the links for information about Advanced Placement exams: AP Letter -Key Information for AP Students with Nighttime Test Schedules - SHAPE AP Exams
Q1: What precautions is Army taking?
A: The Army is taking a proactive approach to curtailing the coronavirus update, including certain closures for on base installations and limiting congregation for employees and their families. These precautionary measures are location specific and employees are encouraged to monitor email activity and check the Army website specific to their post for any announcements.
Q2: What do employees do if their command has closed their facility?
A: Employees should contact their supervisors as they may be required to telework or report to an alternate duty location. Telework eligible employees will be required to telework during closures in accordance with their telework agreement. If no work is available the employee may be granted Administrative Leave until the facility reopens
Q3: What is the status of an employee who is unable to report to workplace due to being isolated or quarantined?
A: Under the direction of competent health authorities in Belgium, Host Nation employees, who are healthy and are not displaying any symptoms, but who may have been exposed to COVID-19, can be put into quarantine. This means that they will be medically isolated and their movements and contacts to others will be restricted. Employees who are subject to quarantine measures and who have already signed a telework agreement may continue to perform their duties from the place of their medical isolation, provided the required technical and data protection conditions are fulfilled. Those employees who have not signed any telework agreement will be placed on administrative leave until their attending physician confirms that there is no risk for contamination.
For US employees, employees may be excused from work without charge to leave or loss of pay when put under isolation or quarantine by a health authority. This excused period will last for the duration of the seclusion. Where an employee is telework eligible and not ill they are required to telework during their isolation barring exigent circumstances.
Q4: What can employees do if a family member contracts COVID-19?
A5: A host nation employee can take up to 10 days of unpaid leave for emergency reasons or annual leave. If at a later stage, the Belgian social security system officially recognizes COVID-19 as eligible disease for preventive leave, then such leave can be granted.
For U.S. employee, in addition to regular annual, sick, and advanced sick leave; employees may also invoke their right to unpaid Family Medical Leave to a maximum of 12 work weeks. An employee may substitute accrued annual and/or sick leave for unpaid leave under this provision
Q5: Can a manager mandate that an employee be sent home/tested if they show symptoms of infection?
A: Employees are encouraged to exercise caution and report to their physician as soon as they suspect they may be infected. Managers may send employees home and ask them to contact their family doctor. If the employees refuse to see their family doctor, management will request an appointment with the labor physician, who will determine further steps to be taken.
Q6: What else can managers and employees do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A: Managers and employees are encouraged to practice “social distancing” by limiting the amount of direct contacts with each other and the public at large. Canceling or postponing social gatherings, conducting meetings electronically instead of in person, planning for liberal work leave policies, and encouraging good personal hygiene can all help to limit the amount of physical contact and the spread of COVID-19.
Q7. Is there any travel restrictions?
- Travel to China: All non-essential travel to mainland China is unauthorized. Anyone who recently returned from China should report travel through their command, visit their medical provider and have their health tracked for 14 days.
- Travel to Italy: All non-essential travel by IMCOM-E personnel to Italian administrative region of Lombardy and surrounding towns of Castiglione d'Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano is unauthorized. Essential travel must be approved by the first general officer/flag officer in operational chain of command. Personnel must check with their chain of command for travel limitations and guidance.
Q8. Is there any limitation to the USAG Benelux installations ?
To that end and pursuant to the 21st TSC Commander's General Order #1, we implemented some changes to limit our travel to only what is absolutely necessary.
As of 27 March 2020, DES began implementing limited access to the USAG Benelux installations from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This didn't impact your ability to access the Commissary and other essential services. During this timeframe, DES will be enforcing those measures on post for people conducting "unnecessary travel" or curfew violations. Please also note that the USAG Benelux will continue to screen people
entering post, and has a system in place to ensure that those not deemed medically fit for entry are precluded from entering. We are in this fight together, and together we will win.
Q9. Is physical presence reduced at Geilenkirchen AB ?
Yes. The National Support Unit at Geilenkirchen AB is refining operations to meet the Secretary of Defense Health Protection Condition Levels intent. Physical presence on base will be reduced to the max extent possible with a handful of exceptions but we are still open for business through distance means. At this time, only the 470th ABS Military Treatment Facility, Post Office and Command section will be manned. All other sections can be reached via the POC info located under the NSU Operations and Services link on our main COVID-19 ops webpage also at https://www.spangdahlem.af.mil/Units/470th-Air-Base-Squadron/.
Isolation: the separation of people known to be infectedwith COVID-19 (confirmed case)
Quarantine: the separation of people possibly exposed butnot yet showing symptoms.
Person Under Investigation : a person in quarantine whodevelops symptoms, which will lead to him/her being tested for COVID-19.
COVID-19 lab testing positive: a person who was quarantinedand who became a confirmed case and moved to isolation.
UPDATE, Oct. 31, 2020: Measures in Belgium
Belgium is once again imposing strict lockdown measures in the face of rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and deaths, announced Prime Minister Alexander De Croo during a press conference on Friday, Oct. 30. The measures will take effect at midnight on Nov. 1, and will remain in force until 13 December. They will be evaluated on 1 December.
The general measures are below. Specific measures have also been announced in the different regions (see 2., 3. and 4.).
What does this mean for us inside the garrison ? Maintain the status quo while our garrison and mission partner leadership diligently work together to make decisions based on what is best for our community. It is a delicate balance with respect to honoring our host nation’s guidance and maintaining our operational readiness. Our goal is to make timely decisions, and get the information out As soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience.
1. Measures for Belgium (all regions):
- Receiving visitors at home is no longer allowed, with the exception of one ‘cuddle contact’. People who live alone are allowed to have two cuddle contacts, but not at the same time.
- Outdoors, gatherings (walk, sport) can still take place with a maximum of four people, while respecting the social distance and wearing face masks.
- Non-essential shops will be closed, but pick-ups or home deliveries of products ordered in advance remain possible.
- Non-medical professions requiring close contact, such as hairdressers and estheticians, will be shut down.
- For education, the autumn holidays will be extended even further for the whole country: schools will remain closed until 15 November. For primary schools, all pupils will have to go back to class after that. For secondary schools, the pupils of the first grade will also have to return to class. For the second and third grades, only 50% of pupils will be allowed to go to class. The other 50% will have to follow distance education.
- Higher education will switch to distance learning until the end of the year. For first years, however, some form of contact learning will be possible again from 1 December.
- Teleworking will be made mandatory. If that is not possible, face masks and social distance are obligatory.
- The measures which saw bars and restaurants closed will be expanded to include those in hotels too. The hotels themselves can remain open, but any food can only be served in the room.
- At funerals, a maximum of 15 people are allowed. Gatherings afterwards are no longer possible.
- Holiday parks must close from 3 November, but restaurants and swimming pools were closed already.
- The curfew measures already in force remain the same: from midnight to 5:00 AM in Flanders, and from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region.
Good to know:
- Travel: restrictions on traveling abroad depend on the epidemiological situation in the destination country, for which the Belgian foreign ministry uses a color code. Travel to countries marked “red” is strongly discouraged but not forbidden. When returning from a “red zone,” you must quarantine for at least a week.
- The quarantine has been shortened and simplified (7 days). If people present with symptom(s), they should self-isolate immediately for 7 days and contact their doctor to get tested as soon as possible.
2. Additional measures in Wallonia:
- The curfew is from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Exceptions are made for travel to or from work, setting off on or returning from a trip abroad, force majeure or seeking medical treatment.
- The government of the Francophone Language Community announced that all sporting competitions and training sessions for amateur sportsmen and women over the age of 12 are banned until further notice.
- Lectures and seminars at French-medium universities and colleges of higher education will be conducted solely through the medium of distance learning for the next month.
3. Additional measures in Brussels:
- The Brussels region has reintroduced the requirement to wear a mask in all public places and extended the curfew from 22.00 to 6.00 every day..
- Theatres, cinemas, museums, cultural centers and all sports facilities - including gyms and swimming pools- must close.
- All shops in the Brussels region must close by 20.00 - except takeways which can stay open until 22.00. The requirement to go shopping alone has been reintroduced, unless accompanying a child or a vulnerable person in need of assistance.
- Residents must stay at home between 22.00 and 6.00, unless travelling to/from work or for an urgent medical reason.
- All amateur sports fixtures in the Brussels region, including for children, are cancelled. Training sessions are still allowed for children under 12. School excursions are banned, as are holiday activity camps for over-12s.
- Wedding ceremonies are limited to the couple and their witnesses. Funerals are limited to 15 people.
- Remote working is compulsory except for essential jobs that cannot be done from home.
4. Additional measures in Flanders:
- The ban on gatherings with more than 4 people remains in force, as will the curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.
- Events can no longer take place.
- Only weekly markets are still allowed. Christmas markets and flea markets will no longer be possible.
- People are asked to telework to the maximum of their capacity.
- Shopping remains possible, but with a maximum of two people.
- Swimming pools, fitness centers and bowling venues will be closed.
- For children under 12, there will be no additional restrictions for sports activities. For everyone aged 12 and over, sports will only be allowed outdoors with a group of maximum four. Professional sports are still allowed, but without public.
- Higher education will switch to distance learning, except for first years, who can still go to class in a limited capacity.
- For residential care centers, people are allowed to have one close contact (‘cuddle contact’), and one other contact. These can be different people every 2 weeks. Informal caregivers can stay in a residential care centre overnight.
- All youth activities for young people over 12 years old will be banned. Youth and sports camps for children under 12 are still allowed, but without overnight stays. Outdoor playgrounds remain open.
5. Need more information ? Click here and read the latest news.
UPDATE, Nov. 18, 2020: Measures in the Netherlands
1. Latest news (updated Nov. 18): Partial lockdown to continue. Following the basic rules remains vital in order to reduce the number of infections. Anyone who has symptoms, even mild symptoms, should stay at home and get tested as soon as possible. Anyone who is infected should ask others to do shopping and other tasks for them, so they can stay at home. Everyone should stay 1.5 meters apart and leave if places become too busy. You are strongly advised to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces.
a) Support and looking out for each other
The measures being taken are having a significant impact on society and the economy. This is why the government introduced measures to support businesses, workers and jobseekers. Help is also available for people who feel lonely or get into financial difficulties. But it is also important that we continue to follow the rules. In order to stay healthy and ensure others stay healthy. And to open up the prospect, while coronavirus is still with us, of more freedom in our daily lives to spend time with family and friends, to do sport together, and to go to events or out to eat.
The government will decide at the start of December whether there is scope to modify the measures it has put in place. Sinterklaas celebrations can go ahead, provided we keep our distance from others and receive no more than three visitors. Hopefully it will be possible to find creative solutions for the traditional pakjesavond festivities. For example, celebrating in small groups over several days, or celebrating digitally. In addition, Sinterklaas is advised to shop for gifts alone; locally if possible or online.
The government has not yet decided what measures will apply around Christmas and New Year. But keeping strictly to the rules now will increase the chance that measures can be modified.
From 1 December you will be able to get a test if you have no symptoms but are at an increased risk of having been infected. For example, if the CoronaMelder app sends you a notification about an infection risk, or if you have been identified as part of contact tracing efforts. From the moment you are notified you will need to self-isolate. After five days you can be tested. If the result is negative you no longer need to self-isolate.
d) COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act
The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act will enter into force on 1 December. It covers matters such as the compulsory wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces such as shops, museums, restaurants and theatres. The government will say more about this in the near future.
2. Measures from Nov. 19:
•You may receive no more than 3 people a day in your home. You may receive no more than one group of people per day.
•The maximum group size outdoors is 4 people from different households.
•Group size indoors is limited to 30 people, where people are seated.
b) Daily life:
•Travel as little as possible.
•Work from home, unless that is not possible.
•Everyone aged 13 and over must wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
•In secondary schools, secondary vocational (MBO) schools, and institutions for higher education (HBO and universities) everyone must wear a face mask except during lessons/lectures.
•All establishments that serve food and drinks must remain closed. Take-away will still be possible.
- hotels serving hotel guests
- funeral locations
- airside restaurants, cafés and bars at airports
- company cafeterias
- establishments serving food and drink in care institutions for patients and people visiting patients
- establishments serving food and drink in locations providing daytime activities for vulnerable groups.
• Multipurpose venues must close the section that serves food and drinks.
•Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. Stores selling mainly groceries may stay open after 20.00.
•No alcohol may be sold or delivered between 20.00 and 07.00.
•Between 20.00 and 07.00 you may not drink alcohol or have it on your person in public spaces.
•Events are banned, with the exception of:
- general markets (normal weekly markets)
- trade fairs and conferences
- cinema screenings, theatre shows, concerts, museum exhibitions, etc.
- matches and competitions for elite athletes at training facilities for top-level athletes; in the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie football leagues; and for children under the age of 18 against teams within their own club.
- demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Assemblies Act.
•In the retail sector, strict compliance with the protocols remains essential. If it becomes too busy or if the basic rules are not being observed, a location can be partly or fully closed. Enforcement will be stepped up.
•At zoos, museums, libraries and other locations where there is a constant flow of people, visitors must reserve a time slot. This does not apply to the retail sector and general, weekly markets.
•There is a ban on group singing, with the exception of:
- professional singers
- children under 13
- singing in the context of a religious or faith-based event
- singing as part of a demonstration.
• Funerals may be attended by no more than 100 people.
c) Sports are allowed, but restrictions apply:
•People aged 18 and older may take part in sports if they keep a distance of 1.5 metres at all times. People can take part in sports individually or in groups of 4 or less. Matches and competitions are not allowed. Exceptions are:
- elite athletes with a status at designated locations (such as Papendal)
- footballers (including support staff in a ‘bubble’) in the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie.
•Children under 18 may take part in team sports, including matches and competitions with teams within their own club.
•Sports canteens and clubhouses, showers and changing rooms are closed.
•Spectators are not allowed.
Travel within the Netherlands:
•Travel as little as possible.
•If you do go on holiday, stay in or near your holiday accommodation as much as possible.
•Limit the number of outings and avoid busy places.
•Avoid travelling and booking trips abroad until mid-January, unless your journey is essential.
•Holiday travel and family visits are not essential.
•Check the latest travel advice here before you go.
•If you are coming to the Netherlands from a country with an orange travel advisory, self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
•Travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom is allowed. But check the latest travel advice before you go.
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UPDATE, Oct. 30, 2020: Measures in Germany
Germany will enter a month long "light lockdown" for all of November. Germany's intent is to break up a second wave of infections and prepare for the holiday season with the hope to have minor restrictions. Starting Monday 2 November:
- Private Meetings: only two households can meet in public, max ten people.
- Private Travel: refrain from travel to include visiting relatives. This includes intra Germany day trips.
- Hotels: tourists will not be authorized to stay; Official Travel only is still authorized.
- Events: cancelled for the month, professional sports can take place without spectators.
- Leisure Facilities: cinemas, museums, pools, saunas, gyms, and similar facilities will close.
- Restaurants: closed to dine in; take out will be available.
- Personal Services-Massage, cosmetic studios, tattoo parlors will close, hairdressers will remain open with strict restrictions.
- Medical Appointments: only necessary treatments.
- Retail services: remain open but restricted to 1 customer per 10 square meters.
- Schools: all schools including Kindergarten will remain open but with tighter restrictions identified on schools web sites.