Stay at home during Easter
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 and 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. These measures are and will be necessary to control the coronavirus and limit the burden on the health-care capacity.
Mayor Tjapko Poppens says: "We’re having an unusual Easter due to an unusual situation. Make sure you have a good time at home. Enjoy the beautiful weather, but stick to the measures. Only together will we be able to get corona under control. Together, we will see this through.”
Avoid crowded places
Residents are urged to avoid busy places as much as possible, such as the Amsterdamse Bos, the footpaths around the Poel and the Heemparken. Additional enforcement will be deployed this weekend. These places will have to be closed if they become too crowded.
It is vital that everybody observes the measures concerning group formation. Groups of three persons or more are not allowed. This does not apply to a family.
On Good Friday, supermarkets and grocery stores in the region may be open until 10 p.m. by exception. This will spread the number of visitors. Supermarkets decide for themselves whether they make will use of this option. Please check your own supermarket for opening hours.
Great crowds at the waste-collection station
Many people who spend much time at home will be doing chores and cleaning up. This has an effect on the waste-collection station, where it has been extremely busy for weeks. On Fridays and Saturdays the waiting times increase to more than an hour. We advise you to store as much of the stuff as you can at home and take it away during quieter hours. During the Easter weekend, the waste-collection station will be closed on Sunday and Monday (Easter Monday).
Beautiful weather tempts people to go cycling and cycle racing. This quickly makes it too crowded on certain routes. Choose quiet times, avoid the route along the Amstel River and the cycle route of Ronde Hoep. However, the best advice is actually to stay at home where possible.
Closure of sanitary facilities in recreational areas
On recreation parks, holiday parks, camping grounds and small camping fields near parks, nature reserves and beaches, the sanitary facilities such as communal toilet and shower facilities are closed.
Parents are urged to choose a quiet play area
According to RIVM guidelines, an exception to the measures applies to children up to and including 12 years of age. If they do not show any symptoms of illness (cough, cold, fever), they may play outside under the supervision of parents. This is also allowed in the playground, but parents are urged to choose a quiet play area and keep at a distance where possible.