We can only get the virus under control if everyone follows the basic rules about hygiene, keeping a distance from others and avoiding busy places.
- There are fixed walking and cycling directions at our rental location.
- Making an online reservation is mandatory.
- A starting time is required for renting a bicycle.
- Cycle one after the other, especially on busy and/or narrow cycle paths. Then it is easier for all fellow road users to keep a distance of 1.5 meters when passing.
- Wash your hands often.Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, then dry them thoroughly.
- Wash your hands: before you go out, when you return home, after blowing your nose and of course before meals and after going to the toilet.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use.Then wash your hands.
- Don’t shake hands with others.
The 1.5 metre rule
- Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.This applies to everyone over the age of 18: in the street, in shops and other buildings. It does not apply to family members or other people that you live with. And it does not apply if you are providing assistance to someone, for example pushing a wheelchair.
Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres reduces the chance of people infecting each other.
- Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
Get tested and stay at home if you have symptoms
It is crucial that everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 gets tested. This allows for people who have had contact with a person with COVID-19 to be informed as soon as possible. Then, they can take steps to ensure they don’t contribute to the further spread of the virus. Children of primary school age and under do not need to be tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms. If your child is very sick, contact a doctor. They will decide whether your child needs a test. A test can also be arranged for a child who develops symptoms following contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
- Symptoms that may point to COVID-19 are a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, a mild cough, a sudden loss of smell or taste, a fever and shortness of breath.
- If you have one or more of these symptoms, get tested. Stay at home until you receive the results. If you have shortness of breath or fever above 38 degrees Celsius, all members of your household must also stay at home until you receive the results. If they have symptoms, they must also get tested.
- If the test shows that you do not have coronavirus, you and other members of your household can leave your home again. If you feel well enough, you can go outside and go to work. Children can go back to school or childcare. If your symptoms get worse, change or don’t go away, call a doctor. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.
- If the test shows you do have coronavirus, you and all members of your household must stay at home. The municipal health service (GGD) will tell you what else you and the people you have been in contact with need to do.
- The municipal health service (GGD) will carry outsource and contact tracing with you. People who have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus will be given instructions on what they should and should not do. This includes going into self-quarantine if they had close contact with the infected person.
If you are seriously ill, call a doctor or the out-of-hours GP service (‘huisartsenpost’) immediately. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.
Wear a face mask
- Everyone aged 13 or over should wear a non-medical face mask in indoor public spaces.
- People should wear a mask in all buildings and covered spaces that are accessible to the public. This includes shops, museums, town halls, stations, airports, covered car parks and petrol stations theatres and concert halls, while people are walking or standing. They can take off their face mask as soon as they have taken their seat.
- Both customers and staff should wear a face mask in locations where contact-based professions are carried out.
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in public transport. People who do not wear a face mask will be fined.
People do not have to wear a face mask in the following situations:
- When taking part in theatre, dance or sport or performing music as a cultural activity.
- While swimming in a swimming pool (but face masks should be worn in the changing room and by poolside trainers or supervisors)
- When they are unable to wear a face mask on medical grounds or because of other limitations.
Advice for children and teenagers
- Children aged 0 to 4 can go to daycare or their childminder if they have cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat) as long as they do not have a fever. The same applies to the children age 4- 5. They can go out as they only have cold-like symptoms and no fever.
- Children must stay home if they have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus or if they live with an adult who has a fever or shortness of breath.
- Children aged 12 and under do not have to stay 1.5 metres away from other children. All other hygiene rules also apply to children.
- Teenagers aged between 13 and 17 (inclusive) do not have to stay 1.5 metres apart from each other.