23 June 2020 – From June 1st, 2020, restaurants, bars, cafés, theatres, concert halls, and museums in Amsterdam have slowly reopened. Under strict measures for social distancing and sanitary guidelines, locals and visitors are welcomed back into the city’s restaurants and museums. Even tourists come again to Amsterdam. But life after Corona is different, also in the Netherlands. Here is some important information if you want to visit Amsterdam after Corona.
Coronavirus in the Netherlands
Though most European countries went for a full lockdown when the Coronavirus was spreading, the Netherlands choose a soft strategy. From March 15, all public places in Amsterdam were closed.
People in the Netherlands were not forced, but advised to stay at home. Shops and hotels remained open during the so-called Dutch ‘intelligent lockdown’.
June 1st, Amsterdam reopens
In June, the Coronavirus seems more contained. Bars, restaurants and schools reopen in the first weeks of June. Restaurants may only receive a limited number of guests inside, depending on the size of the space. Because many cafes in Amsterdam are very small, many bars remain closed.
Luckily the weather is very good. In Amsterdam outdoor terraces may be expanded to the public sphere. To visit any shop, bar or restaurant in Amsterdam, you will need to clean your hands regularly and always keep 1,5 meters to your neighbour.
Amsterdam museums are also open to a limited number of visitors. In most cases, people must buy a ticket with a timeslot online. Most museums have extended their temporary exhibitions.
All over Europe, the lockdown is being lifted. Slowly, tourists from other European countries are starting to pour into the city. Many people have also enjoyed the peace in the normally overcrowded tourist areas of Amsterdam. In the newspapers people write about the fear of the returning mass tourism.
Face mask obligatory in public transport
Public transport is slowly returning to its normal schedule. Trams, buses, and trains in Amsterdam may only be used when it is strictly necessary. People are advised to travel by car or bike. For people using public transport in Amsterdam, a face mask is obligatory.
From 1st of June anyone in Amsterdam who has symptoms of coronavirus can be tested.