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Information for close contacts
NB: this information is important for you.
This letter is sent to everyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. This letter will explain to you what to do in order to prevent the people around you from getting infected. Please follow the three steps outlined below. It is vital that you comply with the rules listed at the bottom of this letter.
Step 1 Go into quarantine and get tested
As soon as you are told that someone you have had close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, you must go into at your home and either use a self-testing kit or get tested by the GGD (Municipal Public Health Service). You will go into quarantine for 10 days, starting from the day of the last contact with the person who has COVID-19. If you require any assistance while in quarantine, please read , which contains more information and tips.
If you fall very ill while in quarantine and require medical assistance, please contact your general practitioner at once and inform them that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
A. You are not required to take a test or go into quarantine if you do not have any symptoms and:
- have had COVID-19 within the last 8 weeks or
- had the booster vaccine more than 1 week ago
B. Children attending childcare, primary school or secondary school are not required to get tested if they do not have any symptoms. This same applies to students up to the age of 18 in senior secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher professional education (HBO). Please visit Rijksoverheid.nl for more information.
C. You are similarly exempt if you work in a role that provides an essential operational process. If you did not have COVID-19 within the past 8 weeks and have not had the booster jab, you are technically required to go into quarantine. However, given that you perform an essential role and do not have any symptoms, you may continue to work subject to certain conditions. Please consult with your employer or line manager on the applicable guidelines.
Still, please make sure to follow the rules outlined in Step 3 of this letter.
Step 2 Get tested and leave quarantine
- If your self-test comes back positive, please book an appointment for a test with the GGD at once to have your test result verified. If the GGD test result is also positive, you must .
- If either the self-test or the test performed at the GGD has a negative result, please keep in quarantine, as you may have been infected anyway and may still come down with symptoms. You should therefore make a test appointment with the GGD 5 days after your last contact with the person who had COVID-19. If this test result comes back negative, you may leave quarantine.
Book an appointment for a test with the GGD by calling or visiting . If you are vulnerable because of illness or old age, or if you have vulnerable family members, you should always make a test appointment with the GGD.
Step 3 What next?
Once you leave quarantine or are exempt (see Step 1) please remain extra careful for a 10-day period after your last face-to-face contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. You can still contract COVID-19 and be contagious to others. This means that you should abide by the basic rules and where possible try to:
- maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others
- avoid contact with vulnerable persons
- avoid large groups and busy areas. Children are allowed to go to school.
If you are a healthcare worker, consult with your employer or company doctor as to whether and when you may go back to work again.
Keep a close eye on your health. If you develop any symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as:
- cold-like symptoms (nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat)
- tightness of the chest or shortness of breath
- a temperature or fever
- sudden loss of smell and/or taste
take a self-test at once or get tested by the GGD, even if you have previously tested negative or are experiencing symptoms again. If your self-test comes back positive, please book an appointment for a test with the GGD at once to have your test result verified. Stay at home until you have received your test result.
Rules of conduct for your quarantine period
It is important that you follow the rules of conduct. By doing so, you help to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further and infecting other persons around you.
You are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and you are going into quarantine. The following rules of conduct will apply while you are in quarantine.
Quarantine means that you stay at home and do not receive any visitors. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from members of your household.
- You are not allowed to go outside, to school, to the shops, or to work.
- Have others do your shopping for you or have your groceries delivered to your home.
- Ask others to take your child(ren) to childcare, school or any extracurricular activities, such as sports or music lessons, for you.
- You are allowed to sit in your garden or on your balcony.
- You are not allowed to receive visitors, except for medical reasons (for example, a GP or someone from the GGD).
- The only people who are allowed to be with you in your home are the people you live with. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from members of your household. That means no hugging, kissing or having sex.
General rules of hygiene for people who are in quarantine
The rules of hygiene are intended to prevent infection to the maximum extent possible.
- Use a paper tissue when you cough, blow your nose or sneeze. If you do not have a paper tissue to hand, please cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.
- Use the tissue only once, and dispose of it in a plastic bag after use. Wash your hands.
- Regularly wash your hands with water and soap. Always do so:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after going to the toilet
- after cleaning and tidying up
- before preparing food or eating food
- Be sure to clean items you touch frequently, such as the flush button on the toilet, the tap, doorknobs and light switches, every day. Use an ordinary cleaning agent, and put the cleaning cloth into the laundry immediately after using it.