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Questions about corona and policing

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All current coronavirus measures will continue to apply up to and including Tuesday 20 April. This page contains answers to the questions the police is asked most frequently. About the curfew, the amount of people one can go outside with or drive a car with, and about fines. For other questions, we will refer down below to specific pages of the government. This page was updated on 30-03-2021.

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Current situation in the Netherlands

The number of coronavirus infections is still increasing, as is the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs). The third wave is becoming apparent, so the measures currently in place are going to be extended. As of wednesday March 31, the curfew will start one hour later. Between 22.00 en 04.30 hrs no one is permitted to be outside without a valid reason.

Only together we can keep the numbers down. Please hold on! Follow the basic rules: 

  • Stay home as much as you can.
  • You have (mild) symptoms? Stay home and have yourself tested!
  • Infected? Call in help from others so you can stay home.
  • Work from home, unless that is absolutely not possible.
  • See as little people as possible.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Wash your hands when entering somewhere, and before lunch/dinner.

Read more about the current rules in the Netherlands: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2021/03/23/coronavirus-measures-will-be-extended

Curfew

Many people become infected with coronavirus through family and friends. The requirement to stay indoors during certain hours means that fewer people will visit or meet up with each other. Research has shown that night-time curfews help to reduce the spread of the virus.

Curfew hours: 

  • From 22.00 until 04.30 no one is permitted to be outside without a valid reason.
  • The fine for breaking the curfew is 95 euros.

Documents
You need to be on the streets during the curfew? Make sure you bring the right documents. This is fully your responsability. No documents will lead to a fine. 
Make sure you bring:

  • your ID
  • a self-declaration for curfew exemption (government).

If you have to work, you must also show an employer’s declaration for curfew exemption.

In certain specific cases (the more urgent ones), no declaration is required. Read more about this on the website of the government.

Questions about rules and fines

To fight Covid19 we need to keep certain rules. Some of these rules are so important that police can give a fine: 

Fines
If you break these rules, you can get a fine. 

  • Distance and number of people: 48 euro (13 - 15 year olds) or 95 euro (16 and older).
  • No face/nose mask where obliged by law: 95 euro. 
  • Breaking the curfew: 95 euro.

Max 1 guest at home per day

Please think carefully whether a visit is really neccessary.
Since half of the infections start at family and friends gatherings, the government advises strongly to have only 1 visitor per day. This does not include children under 13.
Also do not visit more than 1 other household a day, even if you go alone.

This is a strong advise. Your own responsability. We, as police, will not check how many people are in your house and then give a fine for that. If your neighbours complain, we will ring the doorbell and talk to you. We will need a warrant to enter your house, on the normal old grounds. Please do your share in preventing the virus from spreading!

With whom can I share a car?

One is not allowed to be outside with more than one other person (not being from the same household).
Same goes for driving a car on private rides. 

This means you can get a fine for being in the car with 2 or more other persons, not living at the same address as you.
Children up to 12 years do not count in the numbers.

Face mask
If you are travelling with a person who does not belong to your household, please all wear face masks. This is an advice. You will not get a fine for this, but a mask at least prevents the virus from spreading in this small, covered space. Thank you for helping!

Can I be with friends, outdoors?

This is allowed to a max of 2 people. You will have to stay 1.5 metres away from them though. 
If you do not keep a distance and/or you are with a total of more than 2 people, you can be issued a fine. The fine can be as high as 95 euro for a person 16 years and older. 
For the ages 13, 14 and 15 the fine is 48 euro.

Questions about visiting the Netherlands

People living in the Netherlands are advised to stay at home as much as possible. Do not travel abroad in the period up to and including 15 May.
People living abroad are strongly advised not to travel to the Netherlands unless strictly necessary.

https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tackling-new-coronavirus-in-the-netherlands/travel-and-holidays

Questions about work and distancing

My employer wants 3 of us to travel to work together in a work van. Is this allowed?
Work vans are not considered private cars. Therefore they have different rules to keep travelling/working safe. 

  1. The people that travel in one work van must be registered by name every day (information might be needed for research in case of illness)
  2. Before you enter the van, you must get a health check. Read: questions if you have corona symptoms.
  3. Everyone in the van must wear a face mask.

My employer forces us to work at less than the required distance. What can I do?
Your employer is responsible for your health. This means she/he has to ensure that you can stay at least 1.5 metres apart. Raise the issue with your employer or supervisor. Involve the works council or the union if the employer doesn’t listen to you. You can also report it to the Inspectorate SZW using a special report form.  

Questions about police stations

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting a police station?
Yes. The police station is a public building. The Dutch government made face masks obligatory in areas like that.

Do all police stations remain open?
In principle, the police stations will remain open. You are still welcome, but should remember that we comply with the recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. So please don’t shake hands, keep the required distance, and see whether we can help you this way. You can also report a crime online or by phone (see the previous question). It is possible that specific stations will have to close temporarily. We will actively communicate this, mostly via social media.

How should I report a crime?
Because of the corona crisis, we are forced to limit the number of personal contacts. We only meet people at a police station in urgent cases. We try to process as many reports as possible by telephone or via the internet. Check https://www.politie.nl/en/themes/report-a-crime.html to see how you can report a crime online. If you cannot report online, call us at 0900-8844. Then we’ll assess whether reporting by phone is an option, or whether you will need to come to a police station. Certain reports are too complex or too sensitive to do deal with by phone.

Questions about how we, as police, can protect ourselves and others

Does police wear face masks?
According to the law, also police wears (non medical) face masks in public indoor spaces. When we act on an incident and there are signs that the person involved might have Covid19, we will wear medical face masks and gloves. Also in cars, when we travel with a colleague, we will wear a face mask. We will do whatever we can to avoid infection, and to ensure that we do not contribute to spreading the virus. Also inside police stations we keep our distance to colleagues and wear face masks when not behind our desks. 

What type of personal protective equipment does the police carry?
Each police car has a package containing surgical masks and medical gloves, among other things. The police use these, for instance, when officers have to visit a location where an infected person may be present, or for reanimation. Of course there isn’t always time to put on gloves during an arrest. This means we are running an increased risk, but that comes with the job. We always wear gloves when conducting a body search. In addition, we have hand sanitizer with which we can clean our hands after a reported incident. We also have coveralls and glasses that we can wear when performing reanimation. And all cars have anti-spitting masks.

How do you conduct your police duties at 1.5 metres distance?
In the emergency decree, we as police, together with other vital professions, are exempt from the regulations. It is impossible for us to do our jobs staying 1.5 metres away from each other. But we are doing our best to maintain this distance anyway. This means we will be wearing face masks if we can not chose for solo ways of transportation. We’re doing our utmost to prevent being infected with the virus and to limit its spread. Also inside our police stations. 

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