Extended sports and exercise possibilities
From today (29 April 2020), 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.
The Government decided last week that children up to and including 18 years of age will be able to participate in organised and supervised outdoor sports together from 29 April. Young people from 13 to 18 years of age must keep a distance of 1.5 metres. Children up to and including the age of 12 are excepted from this rule.
From today, the sports parks and pitches will be open gain for organised sports activities for these target groups. The sports associations are working hard to ensure they are soon able to provide activities, for which a number of conditions will apply. Sports associations have been informed accordingly in a letter. Official matches are not allowed and the following applies at all times: no parents alongside the pitch and showers must be taken at home. In case of health complaints such as fever, coughs or colds, children and young people will have to stay at home. Top athletes can, under certain conditions, resume their training sessions at a number of locations designated by the NOC*NSF.
Supervised sports in the public space
In the Amsterdam-Amstelland region, more space will be created in the public space for children and young people to exercise and play sports. In the next few days, signs, ribbons and fencing will be removed from the closed fitness equipment in the parks, skating rinks and playgrounds. Everywhere the rule to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres continues to apply. There is an exception for children up to and including 12 years of age.
The Amstelveen locations listed below will remain closed until the moment that sports can be supervised by the youth.
- Football field Middachten;
- Football field Bakboord;
- Football field Korianderlaan;
- Basketball court Korianderlaan;
- Football field Uilenstede;
- Football field Vlielandstraat;
- Football field Grote Wielen
The children’s farm Speelboerderij Elsenhove will reopen as soon as this will be possible in a safe and responsible way.
Monitoring and enforcement
Crowded areas, such as parks, squares, shopping streets, markets and along the river Poel or Amstel, continue to be actively monitored by law enforcement and the police. If necessary, measures are taken, such as setting up one-way traffic, deploying matrix signs or announcement cars, issuing warnings or (partially) shutting down. If people do not abide by the rules, they risk a fine of € 390,-. The urgent call to all residents is to give each other space, to stay at home as much as possible, to avoid busy places and to keep visits to parks, squares, markets or shopping streets as short as possible. These measures are still absolutely necessary to combat the coronavirus and to reduce the pressure on the care capacity.