The secondary schools will reopen from 1 March.

Pupils can then go to school at least one day a week.

From this date, MBO can also provide partial physical education again, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced during a press conference on Tuesday evening.

Secondary schools may offer customization themselves.

This means that pupils are also allowed to go to school there more than one day a week, if this is possible.

For the time being, MBO students are allowed to go to school one day a week.

Certain measures also apply at the schools.

For example, with the exception of secondary special education, pupils must keep 1.5 meters away.

Mouth masks must also be worn and there must be fixed walking routes and staggered start and end times.

In addition, the same measures apply as in primary education.

If a student or teacher tests positive for the coronavirus, other students or teachers who have been in close contact must be quarantined for ten days.

On day five, they can voluntarily get tested in order to shorten the quarantine.

Out-of-school care will still be closed, because this leads to extra contact between students from different schools.

The government will do everything it can not to close schools again

Despite the fact that a third wave is inevitable, the cabinet will do everything it can to not close the schools again.

"School is very important for young people for several reasons", says Rutte.

He also said that according to the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), the school opening is safe and responsible for students and teachers.

In addition to opening the schools, Rutte announced three other relaxation of the measures.

For example, most contact professions are allowed to go back to work, shopping is allowed by appointment and young people up to the age of 27 are allowed to participate in outdoor sports again, thereby celebrating the 1.5 meter distance.

"We are doing something very exciting with this," said the prime minister.

According to the prime minister, broadening the rules is "neither free nor irreversible", but the social importance of relaxing the corona rules is "simply too great", he explains.