In the press conference, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Hugo de Jonge announced that primary schools will be fully open again on 8 June, and that tourism will be possible again this summer under strict conditions. An overview of the main changes in corona measures in the country.

Primary schools will be fully open again on 8 June

The first point that Rutte discussed on Wednesday evening is that primary schools may be fully open again next Monday. "That was previously the plan and RIVM confirms that there are no obstacles," said the prime minister. However, a finger is kept on the pulse.

We can go on holiday this summer, but with uncertainties

The key question of Wednesday's press conference was: can we go on vacation this summer? That is possible, Rutte emphasized. But there are "uncertainties anyway," said the prime minister. "If you are not tied to school holidays, consider going in a different period. Travel wisely. Know the rules in your holiday country and stay tuned."

For the most up-to-date travel advice, please refer to the website nederlandwereldreed.nl.

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On holiday in the Netherlands

Holidays in the Netherlands are allowed and allowed, Rutte said on Wednesday. "But, public transport (public transport) is and remains for necessary travel. Take the bicycle or car".

For a holiday in their own country, of course, people must adhere to the measures. Stay home if you have complaints, keep 1.5 meters away and avoid crowds.

On holiday in Europe or the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom

Until June 15, all travel advice is in orange anyway and negative travel advice applies. From 15 June, the Cabinet wants to turn the travel advice for countries in Europe or in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom as yellow as possible. That code means: traveling is responsible, but please note that there are safety risks.

The main criterion for a code in yellow is whether the health risks in the country are comparable to those in the Netherlands. For example, from 15 June a holiday to, for example, Belgium, Italy and Croatia and the islands of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten) must be possible again.

Between 15 June and 5 July, the government plans to relax the travel advice for France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland, among others.

Three European countries hold an orange travel advice: these are Sweden and the United Kingdom, because the health risks are estimated to be greater there, and Denmark, where Dutch tourists are not yet welcome.

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On vacation outside Europe

Rutte was brief about this on Wednesday evening: the government advises against traveling outside Europe. For example, the risks of a new outbreak must be kept under control.

All travel advice outside of Europe therefore remains orange, which means that you should only go if "there is no other way". When you return from one of the orange areas, you must be in home quarantine for two weeks.

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