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Older information about the coronavirus can be found on this page.
Corona virus in Amstelveen
- Information about the adjusted services of the city of Amstelveen
- Information for self-employed residents
- You will find the latest emergency regulations on the website of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region (in Dutch).
Netherlands to remain in lockdown until at least 9 February inclusive
12 January 2021
The number of people in the Netherlands becoming infected with coronavirus is falling slightly. This shows the lockdown is starting to work. Our next task is to bring about far larger and quicker reductions in daily infection rates, so that the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units also comes down. The government has therefore decided that the Netherlands will remain in lockdown until at least 9 February inclusive.
January 18: Vaccination health care staff in the RAI
30 December 2020
The municipal health services of Amsterdam will commence the vaccination of health care staff of the Amsterdam Amstelland region, as of January 18, 2021. The location for this vaccination is the RAI. First in line are the staff of nursing homes, care for the disabled and home care staff. All health care staff will an invitation from their employer.
- Read more about the vaccination against Covid-19 (in Dutch).
Christmas wish from mayor Tjapko Poppens
22 December 2020
In a video mayor Tjapko Poppens wishes everyone a merry Christmas.
Lockdown in order to minimise contact between people
15 December 2020
Coronavirus is once again spreading rapidly. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of infections, with figures up to around 9,000 per day. The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and care homes is also rising. That has an impact on healthcare in general; more than one million routine hospital procedures have had to be postponed. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to trace the source of an infection. But one thing is clear: the more people a person comes into contact with, the greater their chance of being infected. In order to ensure normal healthcare services can continue, we must take action and limit our contact with other people as much as possible. This is why the Netherlands will go into its strictest lockdown yet from 15 December 2020 until at least Tuesday 19 January 2021.
Sections of the Amsterdamse Bos closed off at night
9 December 2020
Since 1 December 2020 sections of the Amsterdamse Bos have been closed to the public. Some of the parking areas are off limits from 24am until 6am. This restriction aims to reduce the number of illegal parties and the risk of infection these events bring with them.
Partial lockdown continues to apply during festive season
8 December 2020
The COVID-19 infection rate is still too high, as is the pressure on the healthcare sector. On average, 24 people are being admitted to intensive care units every day. So we have no choice but to prolong the partial lockdown, even during the festive season. We all wish it were different, but the virus does not allow us to drop our guard. By keeping enough distance and reducing our contact with others, we can protect ourselves and each other.
Apply for exemption from the temporary corona law
3 December 2020
Do you want to apply for an exemption from the Temporary COVID-19 corona law? In exceptional cases this is possible for specific individual situations. Apply for the exemption with the municipality.
Temporary corona law from 1 December
1 December 2020
The temporary corona law will take effect on 1 December 2020. The temporary law replaces the emergency ordinances. The chairman of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region will revoke the emergency ordinance of 18 November 2020 when the temporary law comes into force.
Face masks mandatory from 1 December
27 November 2020
From 1 December 2020 face masks must be work in all indoor public spaces and covered areas. This includes educational institutions, public transport and locations where contact-based professions are carried out, as well as shops, town halls and train stations. A mask is mandatory for everyone aged 13 and over. If you do not wear a face mask in a place where you must wear one, you may be fined € 95,-.
Help and support when self-quarantining (staying at home)
25 November 2020
Everyone in the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region who is tested positive for corona, will receive a letter from the GGD with the brochure "Help and support when self-quarantining (staying at home)". When you are infected, you need to go into (home) quarantine for ten days. This means that you will stay indoors and not receive visitors. This helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Understandibly, this might be difficult for you. Support and assistance is available during this time if you need it. In the brochure you can read where you can ask for help.
- View the brochure "Help and support with home quarantine" on the website of the National Government.
Partial lockdown to continue
18 November 2020
Measures remain necessary so we can protect each other
The number of coronavirus infections is falling. That is good news. We are following the rules, and this is having an impact. But we are not there yet, so it is important that we maintain the partial lockdown. We will continue to limit our travel movements and contact with each other. We will continue to follow the basic rules. And we will try to help each other get through this difficult period.
- Take notice of the measures that will apply from November 19, 2020.
Mayor Tjapko Poppens wishes everyone a happy Diwali
5 November 2020
Emergency ordinance as of 4 November 2020 10pm
4 November 2020
During the press conference on Tuesday 3 November 2020, the government announced a number of additional measures that the security region may implement. That is why the emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended as of November 4 at 22.00 hrs.
- Read the amended emergency ordinance (in Dutch).
Temporary tightening of partial lockdown
4 November 2020
Together we have succeeded in halting the rise of coronavirus infections. We are on the right path, but we are not moving quickly enough. The numbers need to drop faster if we are to guarantee the quality of care for all patients and prevent hospital staff from becoming overwhelmed. The government has therefore decided to impose extra measures for the next two weeks on top of the current partial lockdown.
Letter to residents from Mayor Tjapko Poppens
4 November 2020
In response to the increasing number of corona infections and the adjusted corona measures, mayor Tjapko Poppens has written a letter to all residents of Amstelveen.
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 councils of the mayor and aldermen about the progress in the approach to COVID-19. The letter consists of three parts:
- to provide a state of affairs regarding to the risk classification of our security region;
- gives a status of the various relevant indicators;
- provides an update on the implementation of the measures.
Read the progress letter on the website of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region (in Dutch).
Emergency ordinance as of October 14, 2020 10 p.m.
15 October 2020
In the press conference on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the government announced a number of additional measures that the security region can implement. That is why the emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended as of October 14 at 10 p.m.
- Read the amended emergency ordinance on the website of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region (in Dutch).
Partial lockdown to reduce infections
14 October 2020
The coronavirus has been given too much room to spread again. The cabinet has decided today that stricter measures are needed to ensure that the number of infections decreases. We do this by intervening in those places where the risk of transmission of the virus are the greatest. By limiting the number of contact moments and travel movements, supporting people in complying with the basic rules and stricter enforcement.
Emergency ordinance as of September 29, 2020, 6 PM
30 September 2020
The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended as of September 29, 2020, 6 PM.
- Read the amended emergency ordinance (in Dutch).
Letter from Mayor Tjapko Poppens September 29, 2020
Mayor Tjapko Poppens has written a letter to the citizens of Amstelveen regarding the corona virus and the changes to measures as of September 29, 2020.
Tightened measures against the spread of the corona virus
29 September 2020
The cabinet announced new measures in the press conference on 28 September 2020. This is necessary to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The national measures will apply from Tuesday 29 September 2020 on 6.00 p.m and will at least apply for the next three weeks.
Emergency ordinance as of September 20, 2020
21 September 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)
English information corona virus
18 September 2020
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.
Adjustments to emergency regulation: measures extended
16 September 2020
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).
Progress letter COVID-19 Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region
9 September 2020
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).
Measures corona virus as of September 1, 2020
3 September 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.
Sections of the Amsterdamse Bos closed offduring night hours
26 August 2020
Parts of the Amsterdamse Bos have been closed off from 20 August 2020. A number of parking areas are off-limits between 12am and 6am. The restriction is aimed at illegal parties and the risk of infection these types of events bring with them.
- Read the designation order forbidden locations Amsterdamse Bos (in Dutch)
Emergency ordinance as of August 21, 2020
21 August 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)
New national rules and urgent advice
19 August 2020
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.
Letter to the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region regarding coronavirus developments
18 August 2020
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.
Emergency ordinance as of August 14, 2020
17 August 2020
The emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has been amended as of August 14 2020.
Emergency ordinance as of August 10, 2020
11 August 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 Amstelveen.
Regaining control over coronavirus with local measures
07 August 2020
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.
Stay alert, stick to the rules
23 July 2020
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.
Emergency ordinance as of 15 July 2020
16 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.
Letter from Mayor Tjapko Poppens 2 July 2020
2 July 2020
Mayor Tjapko Poppens has written a letter to the citizens of Amstelveen regarding the corona virus and the changes to measures as of 1 July 2020.
Emergency ordinance as of 1 July, 2020
1 July 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.
From 1 July: staying 1.5 metres apart remains the norm
25 June 2020
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.
Emergency ordinance as of June 15, 2020
16 June 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.
Travelling abroad possible from June 15
8 June 2020
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.
The outdoor cafés and restaurants will open up again
29 May 2020
From 1st June 2020 at 12.00, the outdoor cafés and restaurants in the city will re-open.
Read more about the adjusted measures.
From 1st June, 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.
Tackling coronavirus: the next step
19 May 2020
As long as coronavirus remains under control, we will continue to move step by step towards having more freedom. As of 1 June the Netherlands will relax a few more measures. People will be able to do certain things together again.
Loosening the corona meausures from the 11th of May
9 May 2020
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, Amstelveen will gradually open up again. The adjustments have been adopted in the new emergency order of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region.
Step by step going forward
7 May 2020
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.
Letter from Mayor Tjapko Poppens 1 May 2020
1 May 2020
Mayor Tjapko Poppens has written a letter to the citizens of Amstelveen regarding the corona virus.
Frequently asked questions about boating and water
30 April 2020
Following the adapted emergency rules, children and youth are given more possibilities to do (water) sports. But what are the rules on the water? The city has listed the most frequently asked questions about boating and water.
Extended sports and exercise possibilities
29 April 2020
From today (29 April), there will be more space for children and young people to play sports and exercise outdoors. To this end, the board of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has decided to open up a number of locations in the public space, including in Amstelveen.
Agreements with schools and children’s day-care organizations
As of May 11, 2020, children will be partially allowed to go back to school. Together with schools and children’s day-care organisations, the city council has made agreements on the organization, hygiene and content of the education. These agreements are applicable for the whole of Amstelveen and are in line with the national guidelines.
King's Day is celebrated at home
24 April 2020
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 Amstelveen either.
Corona measures extended
22 April 2020
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 Amstelveen 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.
Letter from Mayor Tjapko Poppens about King's day, Remembrance Day and Liberation Day
17 April 2020
Mayor Tjapko Poppens has written a letter to the citizens of Amstelveen about the adjusted activities regarding King's day, Remembrance Day and Liberation Day.
Frequently asked questions for students
Everyone must keep to the corona measures. This is vital in order to combat corona and to reduce the pressure on the healthcare capacity. How can you apply these rules as a resident of a dormitory? The City has listed the most frequently asked questions for students.
Keep your old clothes at home for now
16 April 2020
Many locals take advantage of the spring season to tidy up their wardrobe. With the corona crisis, it seems that extra time has become available for these chores. The City calls on you not to bring clothes to the underground textile containers for the time being.
Stay at home: also during Easter
9 April 2020
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. Only go outside for an errand or a walk around the block. Not for recreational purposes. Do not visit crowded places and keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres at all times.
Sirens sound on Monday April 6
6 April 2020
Every first Monday of the month at 12 o'clock all 4278 sirens sound in the Netherlands. During this corona crisis, the sirens will also sound on Monday, April 6 at 12 o'clock. The sirens sound on the first Monday of every month, so that everyone recognizes the siren in the event of a disaster or major accident. The sounding of the sirens lasts 1 minute and 26 seconds.
The Safety Region takes additional measures for the weekend
3 April 2020
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.
Measures to combat coronavirus extended until Tuesday 28 April inclusive
1 April 2020
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.
Letter from Mayor Tjapko Poppens 26 March 2020
26 March 2020
Read the letter from Mayor Poppens about the additional measures in Amstelveen.
Additional measures in public spaces
The management of the Amsterdam-Amstelland security region is taking extra measures against the spread of the coronavirus. These will take effect on Thursday, 26 March 2020.
Contact desk for questions on the coronavirus
25 March 2020
Do you have concerns or useful tips for the city, or any questions about the coronavirus? Please share them with the city by e-mail: email@example.com. The city will process your e-mail. In this way, the customer contact centre remains easily accessible by telephone for urgent reports and questions.
Stricter measures to control coronavirus
24 March 2020
On Monday 23 March the government introduced additional measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Waste Disposal Station
The waste disposal stations are rapidly becoming overcrowded. We urge you to restrict your visits to the station to only those that are absolutely necessary and to limit the waste to one bag only. In this way you can help us avoid long queues. At present we are limiting the number of vehicles permitted entry from 15 to 10 each time.
No events until 1 June 2020
On 23 March, the government cabinet announced that all events subject to a permit and notification requirement will be prohibited until 1 June 2020, including events involving fewer than 100 persons. This means that events and festivities will not be held until that time.
Keep your distance
23 March 2020
Everyone in the Netherlands is asked to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other where possible, including when shopping or taking a walk in the park.
Visiting Nursing Homes is no longer possible due to corona
20 March 2020
As of today, nursing homes and small-scale housing in elderly care are closed to visitors and others who are not necessary for basic care. This national measure lasts until 6 April and is intended to better protect vulnerable residents against the corona virus.
Increase in number of corona infections in Amstelveen
19 March 2020
An interactive map of the RIVM shows the number of people tested per 100,000 inhabitants per municipality on a daily basis. In Amstelveen, the average is now 14.3. Since Amstelveen has approximately 92,000 inhabitants, that comes to 13 people.
Frequently Asked Questions coronavirus
18 March 2020
In this list you can find the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the coronavirus in Amstelveen.
Cancelled and postponed events
To prevent the spreading of the coronavirus many events have been cancelled or postponed.
Waste disposal station
17 March 2020
The waste disposal station at business park Legmeer is open, but very busy.
Therefore we request you to save your bulky waste and bring it away if your car is full. With this we reduce the number of visitors en with that the risk of contamination of the corona virus.
Modified services related to the coronavirus
16 March 2020
From today, we can only be contacted electronically and by telephone. We ask you to please NOT come to the city hall. Only in situations considered urgent by the city, you can make an appointment by telephone to visit us, provided you have no symptoms of flu. Many products and services can be requested digitally. For example, products and services related to parking, Certificate of Conduct, extracts and notification of relocation. If you need help with this, you can contact us by telephone: (020) 540 49 11.
The municipal-tax department can be contacted via the mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org and the website Gemeentebelastingen Amstelland. The waiting time on the phone is longer than usual. We ask for your understanding.
- Find the latest information about adjusted services on the page Adjusted services
Message from the regional emercengy services
16 March 2020
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.
Appointment town hall
13 March 2020
Do you have symptoms of a fever and/or respiratory complaints? Do not visit us for the time being but contact us by phone. This also applies if you have an appointment at the town hall. You can reach us at telephone number: 020-540 49 11
Letter of the Security Region Amsterdam Amstelland
12 March 2020
Mayor Halsema from Amsterdam and Chair of the Security Region Amsterdam-Amstelland has written a letter about the new measures as of 12 March.
Extra measures to stop spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands
New measures against the spread of the coronavirus will apply in the Netherlands from Thursday 12 March 2020.
- Please read the extra measures taken by the Dutch governement for the whole of Netherlands.
- Read the latest information regarding Corona virus from the Dutch government (in English).
Coronavirus infection in Amstelveen
5 March 2020
On 5 March 2020, the RIVM announced in their daily update that a staff member of the OLVG hospital was infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is evident from the second standard test performed by the RIVM. This staff member is a citizen of Amstelveen and was on holidays in northern Italy. This citizen is currently staying in home isolation.
Advice and information on the new coronavirus
4 March 2020
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.
Letter from mayor Tjapko Poppens
Mayor Tjapko Poppens wrote a letter regarding the corona virus in Amstelveen.
Advice and information on the new coronavirus
29 Februari 2020
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.