Answers to Your Questions About Expected Curfew | NOW



The cabinet wants to introduce a curfew on Saturday or Sunday. Anyone who does not have a valid reason to go outside between 8.30 pm and 4.30 am should stay at home. After the press conference, many users of our response platform NUjij still had questions. Below the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Are curfews already established?

No, it is still ‘only’ a cabinet plan. “We do not want to take such a big and far-reaching decision without parliamentary support. That is why the cabinet is discussing this with the Lower House,” Corona Minister Hugo de Jonge wrote in a letter to Parliament on Wednesday. “And if there is sufficient support, the cabinet will make the final decision.”

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will debate the cabinet proposal. That will certainly generate fireworks, because not every party is positive about the plan. The opposition parties in particular, but also D66 and ChristenUnie previously stated that they only see a curfew if it works well. The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) concluded on Tuesday, based on foreign studies, that a curfew would reduce the so-called R (the number of others who infect one infected person on average) by 8 to 13 percent. That could ensure that a majority of the House ultimately proves to be poking for it.

In short: no, the curfew is certainly not yet final. But there is a good chance that it will come.

When does the curfew start?

That is not clear yet. In any case, there will be a parliamentary debate on Thursday afternoon. If the House agrees, there are still some legal matters to be settled before the curfew can start. This will probably happen on Saturday evening or Sunday evening.

Earlier there were rumors that the curfew would start on Friday evening. But that is not the case anyway.

Is that curfew really necessary? The number of new infections is falling, right?

The answer to both questions is ‘yes’, according to the cabinet and the OMT. Although the total number of new infections is declining, both think the curfew is really necessary. There are two virus variants in the Netherlands: the ‘classic’ corona virus and the more contagious British variant. The original variant of the virus is doing relatively well: the number of new infections with this variant is decreasing. But the number of people infected with the more contagious British variant is on the rise. There the R is 1.3. So one hundred individuals with the British variant together infect an average of 130 others, who in turn infect 169 others together, infect 220 others, and so on.

In short: more and more people are becoming infected with the British variant of the corona virus at an increasingly faster rate.

And more infections also result in more hospital admissions. But the hospitals are already quite full.

By now stepping on the brakes and introducing (among other things) a curfew, we are slowing down the boom in infections. After all, every infection produces a chain of subsequent infections. If you break that chain by keeping people in at night, sooner or later fewer hospital beds will be needed than without a curfew.

The exceptions (when the curfew really comes)

  • In case of a calamity.
  • If you need urgent (medical) help.
  • If a person in need of help or an animal needs urgent (medical) assistance.
  • If you have to go outside for work from your employer.
  • When you travel abroad or return to the Netherlands.
  • If you are on the road in connection with a funeral and can prove this.
  • If you are on the road in connection with a summons from a judge, public prosecutor or objection or appeal hearing and can prove this.

Is the idea of ​​a curfew that you are really home at 8:30 pm or can you still be on your way home afterwards?

No, you have to be home by 8:30 PM.

Is a digital copy of a statement sufficient to be allowed to be on the street? Or do you really need a paper version?

A digital version is also allowed. On Thursday afternoon after the debate, the statements (an employer’s statement and a private statement) will be published on Rijksoverheid.nl/avondklok. You can print it out and fill it in with the pen or fill it in digitally and then save it on your smartphone.

Are you still allowed to walk your dog after 8.30 pm?

Yes, provided you keep it on a leash and you go alone.

By the way, unlike most other exceptions, you don’t have to carry a statement with you when walking your dog.

Are you allowed to walk your cat, exotic pet or / or toddler after 8.30 pm?

No (not even on a belt). You can only walk dogs.

Are you allowed to take care of your horse or pony after 8.30 pm if this is not possible during the day?

Yes, that is allowed if that care is necessary, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Then you must download, fill in and sign the private statement before departure, which can be found on Rijksoverheid.nl/evening from Thursday afternoon (after the parliamentary debate).

Can you still take out your garbage?

Not officially, because that is not necessary. You can of course wonder whether you will actually get into trouble if you park the wheelie bin on the sidewalk for a while, but no: strictly speaking you are not allowed to go out on the street for something like that.

Can I still visit my old mother if she suddenly feels ill or to help her take a shower?

Yes. Informal care is a valid reason to go outside, just like when someone needs urgent (medical) help.

Where can I get an exemption paper for informal care? Or is the local field guard going to believe my blue eyes when I say I’m on the road to help my father?

You need a private statement for this, which you can download from Rijksoverheid.nl/avondklok after the Thursday afternoon debate. You must complete and sign this form before you go outside.

That statement cannot yet be downloaded on Wednesday and Thursday morning. However, the website MantelzorgNL, the national association for informal carers, already has a draft statement on its own website. You could fill that in. But although, according to MantelzorgNL, the statement was drawn up in consultation with the Ministry of Health, it does not (yet) count as an official statement, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security.

That may change, but for the time being the urgent advice is: wait for the private statement from Rijksoverheid.nl/avondklok and use it.

If my old mother fell down the stairs and screamed through the phone in pain, am I not going to download one of those forms first?

No. It is not necessary in the event of a calamity. (Not when returning from abroad and walking the dog for that matter).

How do I prove that I can take to the streets for work? For example with the access card for that work?

An access pass is not proof. Almost everyone who comes out on the street must bring the completed and signed Self-declaration curfew form, which can be downloaded from Rijksoverheid.nl/evening in due course.

If you are on the street for work and / or you have to travel to and from work because you cannot work from home, you also need an employer’s statement in addition to the private statement. Police officers, firefighters, ambulance personnel and international freight transport are exempt from the curfew and do not require an employer’s statement and / or self-declaration.

I am self-employed and work as a courier. Sometimes I have long hours and I am late home. How do I fix this? Am I writing an employer’s statement myself or am I just not allowed to work that late?

Self-employed persons must arrange this employer’s statement themselves. This is possible from Thursday afternoon after the parliamentary debate on Rijksoverheid.nl/avondklok.

After all, as a self-employed person you have your own company, so you are your own employer and you have to arrange the statement for yourself.

“Then you must be doing what the statement was issued on the street, such as delivering parcels,” emphasizes a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Can you still have meals delivered to your home?

Yes, the delivery of food falls under (necessary) work and is therefore permitted.

Can you still pick up meals?

No. This stops at 8.15 pm, so that every person who collects it will be home by 8.30 pm at the latest.

Can I still go to physiotherapy or another form of care after 8 p.m.?

Only if it concerns “urgent medical care”. But physiotherapy is usually not urgent, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and Security told NU.nl. Of course you can go to the GP or the emergency room.

My daughter is about to give birth and has asked me to take care of her son when the time comes. If contractions start in the middle of the night, can I drive there without being in violation?

That sounds like urgent help or even a calamity, so yes.

Why are you allowed to go outside to walk the dog, but not just go out for a run (this is very healthy and good for building up both mental and physical resistance)? You cannot infect anyone at all.

The cabinet wants a regulation that is as transparent as possible, without all kinds of exceptions. They make enforcement more difficult. So you can only go outside if it is strictly necessary. Running is certainly healthy, but you can probably also do it at other times of the week.

Will my groceries still be delivered?

Yes, delivery is also allowed after 8.30 pm.

On the other hand, you are only allowed to pick up groceries at pick-up points until 8.15 pm, so that you are home on time.

What about homeless people?

If they do not want to use social relief, they are allowed to be on the street during curfew hours.

Will the supermarkets close earlier, so that employees are home on time?

Yes. Shops selling food must close by 8:15 pm at the latest.

What does this mean for the public transport timetable? For example, are there fewer buses or shorter trains?

Public transport will continue to run. It is true that public transport is also intended for necessary trips during curfew.

Because curfews have a stricter definition of ‘necessary travel’ than before, it is likely that (even) fewer people will use public transport. Nevertheless, the timetable is not being scaled down for the time being.

“Transport companies and their clients can use practice to determine whether the curfew has major consequences for the timetable and whether frequencies need to be adjusted in the evenings,” says Pedro Peters, chairman of the OV-NL sector association. “When this is the case, the carriers themselves communicate about this.”

Incidentally, public transport personnel will not check curfews themselves. That is up to the police.

Since the start of the corona crisis last year, the Dutch Railways has already scaled down and far fewer trains are running. There are also fewer night trains.

How does it work if you have to travel by public transport for work and are now obliged to travel during rush hour, while you can normally travel outside rush hour with a significant difference in price due to off-peak hours?

The government has not drawn up any measures for this. You can consult with your employer in the hope that it is lenient. But ‘traveling outside rush hour is cheaper’ is certainly not a valid reason to be outside during curfew.

Are top athletes still allowed to train in the evening? And can professional football matches still continue?

That is up to the employers of those athletes, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice told NU.nl. If they deem the work of their employees (in this case, the athletes) necessary, they can arrange for those athletes to receive a statement that will allow them to walk to the sports field or gym.

It is expected that the employers (clubs) will arrange this. So yes, top athletes can continue to train and play.

Disclaimer: The website of the National Government states that it will provide more information itself, as soon as the House of Representatives has approved the curfew. Therefore, details may still be adjusted.

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