The coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19, was discovered in China in December 2019. Most people who show symptoms have a fever, a cough, and breathing difficulties. Over the past few months, the virus has spread worldwide and cases have also been reported in the Netherlands. Measures were subsequently taken in the Netherlands, and therefore in the Groningen province as well, to stem the further spread of the virus.
- Coronavirus measures
- What you can do to stop the spread
- I’m showing symptoms, what should I do?
- Planning a trip?
- Help for business
- Put up our posters or infographics
- Emergency decree
- Local authority contact details for questions about specifics or violation of measures
- Need help or support?
- More information?
- The Dutch government has implemented measures to fight the coronavirus.
- Information about testing for the COVID-19 virus.
- If you want to know more what COVID-19 means for schools and universities you can click here.
- Go to the government website government.nl for details of coronavirus measures that are in place in the Netherlands.
You can find specific information on the measures affecting specific activities on the website of the Dutch government.
The use of face masks
- More information on where face masks are mandatory can be found here.
- More information about the vaccinations can be found here.
- More information on travel can be found here.
- If you want to visit Groningen from abroad, you should check the restrictions on this page.
From the 23th of january 2021 there is a curfew in place in the entire country. This means that from 21:00 until 4:30 you are not allowed to be outside and police will fine you if you are. There are specific exceptions in case you have need to be outside. If you have to be outside then you will need to have the appropriate forms with you at all times.
Please consult this page for the specifics and for the exceptions to the curfew.
What you can do to stop the spread
On the website of the Community Health Service (GGD), you will find details of what you can do to stop the spread of coronavirus.
I’m showing symptoms, what should I do?
Check the website of the Community Health Service (GGD) for details of what you can do when you have a cold.
In the video below you can see what Tom did when he wasn’t feeling well .
Planning a trip?
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) currently both advise against all international travel unless it is strictly necessary. You can find travel advice here.
If you live, work, or go to school in Germany, you should also be aware of the measures that are in place on the other side of the border. We regularly liaise with crisis teams operating in the German districts (Landkreisen) that border on our province.
If you have already booked a trip and want to cancel it, contact the tour operator where you booked your holiday.
Help for businesses
The Dutch government is taking a series of measures to help businesses that are facing serious challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak. Measures include a scheme to facilitate the reduction of working hours, the Tax Administration allowing businesses to postpone tax payments, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy extending the loan guarantee scheme for SMEs. These measures make borrowing money easier for businesses in industries such as hospitality and travel that are suffering because customers stay away or they have had to close temporarily. Businesses can get further details on the possibilities at Rijksoverheid.nl-site.
Put up our posters or graphics
Whenever you go out for some fresh air or to do the shopping, make sure you maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people. Help spread the word! Print out our poster and put it up where people can see it, such as in your window, so as to raise awareness of the importance of keeping a physical distance of 1.5 metres! Do it for yourself and for your community.
You will find the (only in Dutch) new emergency decree that was adopted and came into effect recently on our Dutch page. You can click here to go directly to the page.
Local authority contact details for questions about specifics or violation of measures
- Eemsdelta municipality
Email: email@example.com or telephone number: 14 0596.
- Groningen municipality
For contact by email: gemeente.groningen.nl/contact by telephone 14 050 or
WhatsApp +31 (0)6 12 82 39 73
- Het Hogeland municipality
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number: +31 (0)88 345 88 88..
- Midden-Groningen municipality
Email: email@example.com or telephone number: +31 (0)598 37 37 37.
- Oldambt municipality
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number: +31 (0)597 48 20 00.
- Pekela municipality
Email: email@example.com or telephone number: +31 (0)597 617555.
- Stadskanaal municipality
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number: +31 (0)599 631 631.
- Veendam municipality
Email: email@example.com or telephone number: +31 (0)598 652222.
- Westerkwartier municipality
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number: 14 0594.
- Westerwolde municipality
Email: email@example.com or telephone number: +31 (0)599 32 02 20.
Questions about access by boat in the province? It is best to consult the relevant province for the latest state of affairs.
- Groningen E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number: 050 – 316 49 11
- Friesland – E-mail: email@example.com or telephone number: 058 – 292 59 25.
Need help or support?
In many communities up and down our province, residents and volunteers are taking all kinds of initiatives. Offering to do the shopping for someone, getting someone’s prescription filled, cooking meals for people, people checking in with each other to see how they are doing and whether they need help, special phone numbers and WhatsApp groups that allow locals to trade things, and special advisory posters.
Could you also do with some extra help? Check www.zorgzamedorpengroningen.nl for a list of all the help available. Alternatively, ask your local authority who you can turn to with your specific need.
Local authorities briefed on the fight against coronavirus in the region
Our chairman Koen Schuiling writes to all local authorities in the Groningen province to keep them up to date on the fight against the coronavirus in our province. In this letter, he reports on how the scale-up to GRIP-4 went, explains what this means for certain competencies and which emergency decrees apply in this respect, outlines the current crisis response, and provides other information.
- National information number 0800 1351. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm.
- Up-to-date health information from the Groningen Community Health Service (GGD).
- Up-to-date information about the virus from the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM), which coordinates the response.
- Foreign travel advice for coronavirus-affected countries and areas.
- Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation updates for Europe, can be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC.
- Rijksoverheid.nl is the government website with details and news about legislation and regulations from all ministries.
This post is also available in: Nederlands (Dutch)