Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Officials in the Netherlands extend restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19 through at least April 28.

This alert affects Netherlands

This alert began 06 Apr 2020 10:47 GMT and is scheduled to expire 28 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 28
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Officials in the Netherlands have extended all restrictions imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least April 28. These restrictions include:

  • Instructions to remain at home for all but essential activities
  • A ban on gatherings of more than three people from different households
  • Closure of educational facilities and many public institutions
  • Closure of bars, restaurants, and entertainment establishments
  • Instructions for all operating business, including public transport providers, to undertake measures to keep people 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart


All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in recent days in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Government of the Netherlands: www.government.nl/

World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int