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Cycling in times of the coronavirus

Last updated: April 29th 2021

Thank you very much for choosing a holiday by bike, a great way to discover the Netherlands.
Of course we already knew cycling is healthy, but now experts are saying cycling can even protect you from coronavirus. You automatically keep your distance from other people and strengthens the lungs. 

In times of corona things may go a little differently than you are used to during your holiday. We ask for your understanding. 

Please consider the following points of attention:

- Keep 1.5 meters apart from one another, also on the bicycle. An exception is made for persons who belong to the same household.

Bicycles are allowed on the train (NS trains) in the Netherlands, but you are advised to reserve in advance through the website or NS app: https://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information/bikes-on-the-train.html
Bicycles on international trains are not always allowed, this differs per type of train. Please check this carefully ahead of your travel plans. 

- Face masks are mandatory in all public buildings, shops, museums, restaurants and in public transport, including ferries. This also means it's mandatory in public spaces of accommodations, like the lobby, lounge and restaurant of the hotel. A scarf does not count as a facemask. We advise you to take some face masks with you from home. 
In Belgium, face masks are also mandatory in all public area's. This can also be on markets and busy shopping streets.

- If you are staying longer than 48 hours in Belgium or returning to Belgium after a holiday elsewhere, you need to fill in a Public Health Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before your arrival. 

- Please note that not all public toilets are currently accessible.

- Restaurants and cafes are currently closed until at least May 26th. Outside terraces are open between 12.00 and 18.00 hours. Max. 2 persons at a table or 1 household. Some other restaurants offer take away. 
We expect that when they reopen, in the beginning restaurants will only be accessible with a reservation in advance (with the exception of outdoor cafes). We recommend that you book your trip with half board in advance whenever possible, so that you are guaranteed a table for dinner. A time slot may apply for your dinner as early as 5 pm. We do not know this in advance. Please be at the hotel before 5 pm.

- Hotel restaurants are also closed. However you can eat breakfast and dinner in your hotel room. The exact regulations will be explained during check-in. 

- Many hotels offer packed lunches for on the road. If you would like to make use of this, ask about the possibilities at the hotel when checking in.

- Attractions and museums are also only closed until at least May 26th. Outside attractions will hopefully open earlier, but the exact date is unknown. 
We also expect that once they reopen, a reservation in advance is mandatory. If you want to visit an attraction and/or museum, we recommend booking a ticket online in advance. Opening hours may differ from the standard opening hours.

- Only a certain amount of persons are allowed in shops, depending on the size. Shop alone. 

- Some hotel facilities (like swimming pool and wellness) might be closed. 

- Ferry services may have a different timetable than stated in our travel documents, especially in June and the fall. Some small ferries do not run at all. Keep this in mind and please check the current timetable on the internet if necessary.
The Leeuweveerke ferry in the Biesbosch park does not run this season. Please follow the alternative route in the route directions.  

A Teso boat ticket for Texel island must be purchased online in advance. It is not possible to buy a ticket on the spot with cash.
A ticket for the boat Enkhuizen to Stavoren also needs to be bought in advance: https://tickets.veerboot.info/en/buy-tickets/ 

- Fines for violating corona measures in the Netherlands are €95,- per person.

Changes in the above points may arise in connection with new requirements and regulations imposed by governments, or with new insights. We try to keep this information as current as possible, but are not responsible for incorrect information.

We hope that this list of points does not put you off. The measures have been taken for your safety. We are positive that you can still enjoy a carefree holiday by bike in our beautiful country, but we think it is important that you are aware of the current measures to avoid any disappointments.

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