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Corona Rules for Events in The Netherlands

5 November 2021

There have been new regulations put in place, after the Government Press Conference of November 12. This is in response to the spike of Corona infections in The Netherlands. We have updated the article with the newest information.

Basic regulations:

  • The 1.5 meter distance rule has been put back into place,
  • Test yourself at the GGD (Municipal Health Services) when you have COVID related complaints/symptoms, even when you are vaccinated. Stay at home until symptoms subside,
  • If tested positive: stay home and avoid contact with others, even if they have been vaccinated,
  • Do not shake hands,
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow,
  • Provide adequate fresh air and ventilation in indoor areas.

Working from home and advice for being on the go:

As of the 3rd of November, the prevailing working from home advice will be tightened to "work at home for at least half of the working time”.

For the people who are required to go to work or for those who want to go out in their free time, the recommendation is: avoid crowds on when outdoors and travel outside rush hour periods as much as possible.

Obligatory to wear a mask.

As of November 6th, it is required to wear a face mask once again at more locations. Face masks are compulsory at all public indoor locations where no corona access cards are used.

This includes:

In all publicly accessible buildings inside and covered areas where no corona access card is used such as:

  • Supermarkets, stores, libraries, gaming venues, amusement parks. 
  • Public transport, in stations, including stores at the station, on platforms and at tramcars and bus stops.
  • At airports and in airplanes.
  • When moving around in mbo schools, colleges and universities. When sitting, the face mask may be taken off.
  • When performing contact occupations, where necessary, this applies to both customers and service providers.

 In these places, wearing a face mask is mandatory. You can risk a fine of 95 euros if you do not wear a face mask.

Broadening the use of the corona access card.

As of November 6, the corona access ticket applies in more places. The deployment of a corona access ticket reduces the chances that the virus can circulate here. By only allowing people to enter who have been recovered, vaccinated or tested, the risk of infection is significantly reduced for all visitors. The corona access ticket does not eliminate the chance of infection. It ensures that everyone can come together as safely as possible. In addition, the use of the corona access ticket helps to keep most locations open at maximum capacity.

It is important that at every location where a corona access pass is required, that visitors will have their personal QR Code/Pass and valid ID checked.

The corona access card is mandatory as of November 6th for:

  • Hospitality establishments, both indoors and outdoors (eating and drinking establishments), except for take-out,
  • Casinos.
  • Cultural venues such as theaters, concert halls and cinemas;

Flow-through locations in sectors where the corona access card is already mandatory. These are therefore locations where there is a throughput of visitors, such as museums and monuments.

  • Flow-through events. These are events where the public does not have a fixed location and there is a flow of people. For example, fairs and certain sporting events.
  • Events with and without a fixed seat, such as festivals, parties and performances.
  • Business events, such as trade fairs and conferences.
  • Audiences at sporting events, both professional and amateur. Audiences at amateur matches exclude youth up to 18 years of age.
  • Organized sports from 18 years, such as: gym, group classes, soccer, swimming. This applies to athletes and spectators at all indoor and outdoor sports venues, including sports canteens.
  • Organized art & culture practice from 18 years, such as: music lessons and painting lessons. Or, for example, rehearsals for singing, dancing and acting.
  • Organized youth activities for children up to 18 years of age are excluded from the use of the corona ticket.

You will receive a corona access ticket if you have been fully vaccinated, have a recovery certificate, or with a negative test result no more than 24 hours old. Testing remains free for individuals who do not have a recovery or vaccination certificate.

The Coronacheck app allows anyone to retrieve the corona access certificate. It is also possible to show a corona access certificate on paper. For the hospitality industry and organizers of events, sports and cultural activities, the app CoronaCheck Scanner is available, which can be used to easily check corona access tickets.

Rules for visiting an event or festival

When visiting places that are more crowded (open events), such as festivals, gigs, marathon, village festival or Christmas fair, you will need a COVID certificate. 

All visitors aged 13 and over are required to show a COVID certificate. From the age of 14, the COVID certificate will be checked together with the identity card.

A corona access card is not required for organized youth activities for children up to 18 years of age, such as St. Nicholas parades. It is also not necessary for people accompanying children to show a corona admission ticket. 

These rules are determined by the government and can change. We will update this article in case the rules change. Make sure to also check the government website for the latest updates.


Rules for entrepreneurs and organizers of an event or festival

For all events, both indoors and outdoors, the following applies:

  • Events are allowed between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as of November 13, 2021.
  • Exception: professional sports competitions without an audience and cultural venues, such as theatres, concert halls and cinemas.
  • A permanent seat is required, except for flow-through events.
  • Maximum of 1250 people per venue (except flow-through venues)


  • You are required to check all visitors aged 13 and over for the COVID certificate. From the age of 14, the corona access card must be checked together with the ID card. 
  • You are required to do the registration and a health check.
  • You must ensure controlled entry and exit.
  • You are required to work with ticket sales (whether free or not).
  • You will ensure sufficient distance between artists and the public.
  • You must make agreements with your municipality about these precautions and how you have arranged the access control.
  • You should make arrangements with the Municipal Health Service (GGD) so that a source and contact investigation can be carried out quickly and effectively in the event of an outbreak.
  • You must ensure that, in the case of a multi-day (business) event with an overnight stay, the COVID certificate is checked every 24 hours.
  • Entertainment, such as live music, is allowed.
  • Indoor and outdoor events, with or without a fixed seat
  • Events are permitted with the use of corona access tickets.

Definition of event

An event is defined as a location (including catering facilities) where, for example, a performance, festival, show or party takes place. A fair, professional competition or congress is also an event. When an event takes place is ultimately up to the competent (local) authority.

Latest update

These measures are applicable since November 13th, 2021 and can change. In case the measures change, we will update this article. Check out the government website for the latest updates as well.

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