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Questions about corona and policing

The infection rate must go down to avoid further pressure on the overburdened healthcare sector. Therefore the Dutch government tightens up measures to combat the sharp increase in coronavirus infections. There are mainly stricter rules to limit person-to-person contacts. This page has been updated on November 26.

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Basic rules

First of all, it is important that everyone continues to follow the basic rules, even if they have been vaccinated. The better we do this together, the less the virus can spread and the fewer restrictive measures will be necessary. The basic rules have proved successful in preventing infections.

The basic rules:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms: stay at home and get tested by the municipal health service (GGD), even if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • If you test positive, stay at home and avoid contact with others, even if they have been vaccinated.
  • 1.5 metres is a safe distance. Protect yourself and others.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.

Read more in the latest press release of the government. 

 

Questions about rules and fines

At the moment two rules can lead to a fine. First is for not wearing face masks in areas or venues where a coronavirus entry pass is not required. Such as shops, supermarkets, public transport and hairdressers. Second is for not keeping the safe 1,5 meter distance when outside with 3 or more persons (not belonging to yuor household). 

Fines
As police we will (mostly) warn. Sometimes officially. When we warned enough or we fear or encounter an excess that can have an impact on people's health, we will give a fine. The fine for not wearing a facemask when obligatory, is 95 euro. 
Same goes for not keeping the safe distance. Although here the fine can be raised when it is not the first time.

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 you do. From November 6 on, facemasks are obligatory in these kind of public spaces and building.  

Do all police stations remain open?
Yes, all police stations were open during the pandemic. You are welcome.

How should I report a crime?
As normal. Please call us at 0900-8844 to to make an appointment, so we have enough time to serve you well.
In some cases it is possible to report online, or by phone. Check https://www.politie.nl/en/themes/report-a-crime.html to read more. 

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

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 resuscitation. 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 resuscitation. 

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