Entries by Arianna

Evening closures and stricter anticorona measures during the day

The Netherlands will shut down from 5pm to 5am, apart from essential services for at least three weeks from this Sunday, as the cabinet struggles to reduce the spread of coronavirus, now at an average of 22,000 new cases a day. The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has never been as high as […]

Expat Cinema: Do Not Hesitate

On Sunday November 21st Toneelschuur and expatsHaarlem will present a special screening of the Dutch Oscar entry Do Not Hesitate, with English subtitles. Readers of expatsHaarlem get €3 discount and pay €8,50 instead of €11,50. Don’t you have cinema buddy for this movie yet? Let’s go together: join the expatsHaarlem’s Cinema Meetup.

Sint Maarten will go on in Haarlem, but with coronavirus measures

Singing with the kids door to door on Sint Maarten on Wednesday 11 November. Is that possible in Corona time? The Kennemerland Safety Region and GGD Kennemerland are following the decision of the government: Sint Maarten 2021 is happening! There is, however, some advice for residents and parents or supervisors. Find out what it is […]

Expat Cinema November: Riders of Justice

On Sunday, November 7th at 19 hours the Schuur and expatsHaarlem present a special screening of the Danish movie Riders of Justice, with English subtitles. Readers of expatsHaarlem get €3 discount and pay €8,50 instead of €11,50 with the code: expatshaarlem. Middle-aged men on a revenge mission. Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) returns home to care for […]

New coronavirus measures: face masks are back, more working at home again and coronapass entry in more locations

The government  has announced this second of November, 2021, that it is bringing back some of its previous coronavirus prevention measures and introducing new ones, in an effort to reduce the surge in new coronavirus cases. Face masks return and the coronapass entry system will be extended to gyms, swimming pools, amateur sports clubs and […]

Netherlands to reopen further with coronavirus entry pass

As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted. You can get a coronavirus entry pass if you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a […]

Back to school!

If you’re a parent, you’ll be more than aware that children in Noord-Holland go back to school on Monday 22 August. Maybe you’re even scratching off the days on your calendar 😉 . Change can be difficult for kids and starting at a new school – in a different country no less – can be […]

Ordering free COVID self-tests

The Dutch government has announced that between 10 August and 1 September, you can order two free COVID-19 self-tests. Self-testing is an important means of detecting asymptomatic infections. So before going back to work or university after the summer break, or even before attending a BBQ with friends, taking a self-test offers peace of mind […]

No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extended

This week saw the 22 millionth dose of vaccine administered. The Netherlands now has high vaccination coverage and the figure is continuing to rise on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a greater increase is still needed. There are still an estimated 1.8 million people who have not built up immunity, either through vaccination or through infection. […]

Checklist entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad – August 2021

Good preparation is important for your return trip to the Netherlands. Are you returning to the Netherlands from a yellow EU country on 8 August? Then you need a corona certificate (vaccination, recovery or test proof). Here’s the Governments’ checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad.

Pentecost 2021 in Holland

Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar. It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the Netherlands would observe so many religious feast days, beyond Easter and Christmas, like the Ascension […]

Lockdown measures tightened including curfew

On the evening of  Wednesday 20 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that lockdown measures have to be tightened in response to concerns about new variants of the coronavirus. The previous announcement on Tuesday 12 January (see here) stated that the measures announced in December would continue until 9 February, […]

Dutch lockdown continues until at least 9 February

On the evening of Tuesday 12 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus would be extended for a further 3 weeks. The previous announcement in December (see here) stated the lockdown needed to be introduced to minimise contact between people and […]