Now that the lower house of the Dutch government has approved the implementation of a curfew, only people with a valid reason are allowed to be outdoors between 21:00 and 04:30. If this reason is work-related, they need to carry an employer’s declaration and a self-declaration with them.
A few weeks ago, outgoing prime minister Rutte and minister De Jonge of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports announced the implementation of a curfew. During the debate in the lower house of government, political party D66 filed a motion to have the curfew start a half hour later than originally planned. A majority of the house voted in favor of the motion. This means that a night-time curfew, which went into effect on Saturday January 23, applies from 21:00 to 04:30 each day until March 2.
The curfew is intended to prevent people from visiting each other during the evening and/or night, thereby reducing the number of coronavirus infection and slow down the spread of new variants of the virus. Everyone must stay indoors during curfew hours. Being outdoors is only allowed for specific reasons, for example because of work. Breaking curfew will result in a € 95 fine.
Employer must provide employer’s declaration
People who have to be outdoors because of necessary reasons must carry the ‘Form Self-Declaration Curfew (pdf)’ with them. In the event of emergencies, when traveling abroad or returning to the Netherlands, or when walking the dog (on a leash), this self-declaration is not required. As for traveling abroad, you must nonetheless be able to prove the reason for being outdoors, e.g. by showing a train or bus ticket.
Employees who need to be outdoors for work-related reasons must carry both a self-declaration as well as the ‘Employer’s Declaration for curfew exemption (pdf)’. The employer must provide this employer’s declaration, stating the date(s) and time(s) at which the employee carrying the declaration needs to be outdoors. It is the responsibility of the employer to determine whether or not being outdoors during curfew hours is really necessary.
Self-created forms are not valid
The government has published both the self-declaration and employer’s declaration online. The forms are available in both Dutch and English. For the English version, visit www.government.nl. The forms can be printed out or can be shown digitally. It is not allowed to use self-created forms. Each form must state that it has been completed truthfully and printed forms must be signed. As for self-employed individuals, they can fill out the employer’s declaration themselves.
Food and parcel delivery persons must also carry both declarations with them when outdoors. Wearing a coat with the company’s logo or driving a vehicle displaying the logo is not enough. Only law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics and international freight transport are exempt from having to carry a self-declaration.