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The corona virus and Vrienden op de Fiets

Update April 1, 2021

The lockdown in the Netherlands has been extended by a few weeks, at least until the end of April. That means:

1. Stay at home as much as possible, do not travel.
2. Limit your social contacts as much as possible: you can only host 1 guest per day.

A round of walking or cycling (as a couple) is possible - very well even - but ask yourself whether an overnight stay is necessary and responsible. We call on all Friends and guest addresses to adhere to the advice.

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at rijksoverheid.nl or at websites of your own government.

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update December 15, 2020

The corona virus is spreading again.
That is why a complete lockdown in the Netherlands applies until Tuesday 19 January 2021. That means:

1. Stay at home as much as possible, do not travel.
2. Limit your social contacts as much as possible.

A round of walking or cycling (as a couple) is possible - very well even - but ask yourself whether an overnight stay is necessary and responsible. We call on all Friends and guest addresses to adhere to the advice.

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at rijksoverheid.nl or at websites of your own government.

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update November 18, 2020

The number of corona infections is declining in the Netherlands. That is good news. But rules are still necessary. These also apply to (staying at) guest addresses:

  1. Stay at home as much as possible, do not travel.
  2. Receive up to 3 guests per day at home.
  • Always keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Do not go to places where it is busy.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap, take extra hygiene measures
  • Wear a mouth mask where necessary.
  • Do you have a cold? Then stay home and close your doors.
  • Do you have a fever or are you short of breath? Then all housemates must stay at home.

We call on guest addresses and Friends to follow the rules, it's about the health of all of us!

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at rijksoverheid.nl or at websites of your own government.

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update November 4, 2020

Again, there are too many corona infections. The numbers of infections must decrease faster. That is why there are now additional rules in the Netherlands until November 18. These also apply to (staying at) guest addresses:

  1. Stay at home as much as possible, do not travel.
  2. Receive up to 2 guests per day at home.

We call on guest addresses and Friends to follow the rules, it's about the health of all of us!

What always applies:

  • Always keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Do not go to places where it is busy.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap, take extra hygiene measures
  • Wear a mouth mask where necessary.
  • Do you have a cold? Then stay home and close your doors.
  • Do you have a fever or are you short of breath? Then all housemates must stay at home.

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at rijksoverheid.nl or at websites of your own government.

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update October 14, 2020

The coronavirus has been given too much room to spread again, there is a worrisome situation in the Netherlands. The cabinet has decided that stricter measures are needed to ensure that the number of infections decreases.

The following rules apply for the coming weeks:

1. Travel as little as possible.

2. Limit the number of social contacts.

  • In-house visits are limited to a maximum of 3 guests per day. This applies in addition to your own household and excluding children up to and including 12 years old.
  • In buildings other than the owner-occupied home, a group may be formed with a maximum of 4 people. Children up to the age of 12 do not count.

These are rules that may apply to (staying at) guest addresses. If you decide to stay overnight (because there is really no other option), discuss with each other how you can stay safely in each other's neighborhood. Respect each other's decision, so we'll stay friends!

Keep in mind that these are national rules. In addition, extra rules can also be introduced per city or municipality.

3. What also applies:

  • Do you have symptoms? Stay at home, close your doors and get tested
  • Always keep 1.5 meters away from others
  • Wash your hands often, take extra hygiene measures
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Leave when it's busy
  • Wear a mouth mask in public indoor areas

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at rijksoverheid.nl

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update September 29

The number of corona infections in the Netherlands is increasing rapidly. Too fast. That is why the government has imposed national measures. These apply from tonight for the next 3 weeks.

The most important rule is that social contacts are temporarily limited

  • In-house visits are limited to a maximum of 3 guests. This applies in addition to your own household and excluding children up to and including 12 years old.
  • In buildings other than the owner-occupied home, a group may be formed with a maximum of 4 people. Children up to the age of 12 do not count.

These are rules that may apply to (staying at) guest addresses. Discuss how you can safely stay close to each other. Respect each other's decision, so we stay friends!

In addition, keep in mind that these are national rules in the Netherlands. Extra rules can also be introduced per city or municipality. Check official information about corona measures in countries outside the Netherlands on the spot.

What still stands and remains for now:

• Do you have complaints? Stay at home, close your doors and get tested
• Always keep 1.5 meters away from others
• Wash your hands often, take extra hygiene measures
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow
• Leave when it is busy

Do you want to know more? Then take a look at rijksoverheid.nl

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update August 19, 2020


Public life has largely started again, a lot is possible. Yet there are also indications that the number of infections in the Netherlands is increasing. That means that both guest addresses and Friends should be even more careful (than they already are).

What remains: use common sense

  • Do you have a cold or a fever?
  • Have you recently spent your holiday in or do you come from a country with many infections?
  • Do you belong to a vulnerable group, for whom avoiding social contact is even more important?

Then do not use Vrienden op de Fiets.

You can consider making a trip via Vrienden op de Fiets if:

  • you can adhere to the 1.5 meter distance
  • you avoid busy routes and places
  • the guest address sees an opportunity to take extra hygiene measures
  • no more than 6 guests are staying at the same time

Consult with each other in advance and respect each other's decision. That's how we stay friends!

Cycling and walking are popular
Many people choose a holiday in the Netherlands; cycling and walking holidays are currently extremely popular. It is not certain whether Friends can contact the guest address of their choice. Demand exceeds supply in some places.

Our tips:

1. Search for available guest addresses on this website. Most of the guest addresses you can find here have their doors open.

2. Deviate from the mapped (LF) routes and plan your own route with the junction planners of the Fietsersbond or Wandelnet.

3. Stay overnight on the less popular days, generally from Monday to Wednesday.

Het Fietsplatform has more tips. For example here. Wandelnet also provides ideas and suggestions.

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update June 16, 2020

We notice that public life is starting to get going again. You can go to the cinema, the terrace is more or less open and the campsites are also accessible again. Many people choose a holiday in the Netherlands; cycling and walking holidays are currently extremely popular. And we understand that!

However, it is not certain whether Friends can go to the host address of their choice. Hosts and hostesses themselves also jump on their bikes in the season or put on their walking shoes. In addition, there is always a lot of interest in small-scale overnight stays, especially in popular places. This particular year, quite a few guest addresses have decided not to receive guests for the time being to rule out any risk of coronavirus infection. Such a decision makes perfect sense.

For Friends, it means that they may be less able to find a guest address. Our tips:

1. Search for available guest addresses on this website. Most guest adresses you find here have opened their doors. 

2. Deviate from the mapped (LF) routes and plan your own route with the junction planners of the Fietsersbond or Wandelnet.

3. Stay the night on the less popular days, generally from Monday to Wednesday.

Het Fietsplatform has more tips. For example here. Wandelnet also provides ideas and suggestions.

What remains: use common sense

  • Do you have a cold or have a fever?
  • Do you belong to a vulnerable group, for whom avoiding social contact is even more important?

In that case, do not stay the night with Vrienden op de Fiets.

You can consider taking a trip via Vrienden op de Fiets if:

  • you can stick to the 1.5 meters distance
  • the guest address sees an opportunity to take additional hygiene measures

Consult each other beforehand and respect each other's decision. This way we remain friends!

We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy. Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update May 08, 2020
In the Netherlands, the government has relaxed the corona measures. You can read more about it below. For travel in / to and the options for overnight stays with private hosts in countries outside the Netherlands, we refer you to the site of the Dutch government and local authorities on the spot. Inform yourself well in advance!

Step-by-step
More will be allowed in the Netherlands in the coming months. The primary schools will open again on May 11 and you can go to the hairdresser again. With a little luck, the public transport will start running again on 1 June and the terraces may go outside. If everything goes well, you can go to the campsite from 1 July. What remains is the 1.5 meter distance.

What does this mean for Vrienden op de Fiets?
We understand that Friends want to go out again. We understand that there are Dutch guest addresses that can receive these Friends safely. We also understand that there are guest addresses who don't want to take any chances and keep the door of their own house closed for the time being.

Unfortunately, there is not one advice that applies to everyone. Whether an overnight stay at a guest address of Vrienden op de Fiets is sensible depends entirely on the local and personal circumstances.

Use common sense and ask yourself:
• Do you have a cold or have a fever?
• Do you belong to a vulnerable group, for whom avoiding social contact is even more important?


Then no reservations.


• Can you keep to the 1.5 meter distance?
• Is there separate sanitary facilities on site?
• Does the guest address see an opportunity to take additional hygiene measures?


Then the guest address Friends might be quite welcome. Consult with each other and respect each other's decision!
For Friends this may mean that fewer guest addresses will be available in the near future. Unfortunately, nothing can be done about that. The health of all of us is paramount!

We are following the advice of the Dutch government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). We will continue to evaluate the application of this policy.

Keep an eye on this page for updates and new information.

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Update April 08, 2020
The current motto for the Netherlands is: stay at home as much as possible, keep your distance and travel only when absolutely necessary. Although the foundation cannot force anyone, we advise our guest adresses not to receive guests for the time being. We strongly recommend our Friends not to rely on the guest addresses. A round of cycling or walking in the area is always possible, but a trip with an overnight stay at a guest address is something for the (hopefully near) future. Stay safe!

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March 2020
Ordinarily, we would have declared  ‘The new season has begun’ but, as we all know, the situation in the Netherlands and the rest of the world has changed dramatically as a result of the coronavirus. These are uncertain times and we all have to decide per day, or even per week, what would be the sensible thing to do in the coming period. This applies to the Vrienden op de Fiets Foundation as well.


We are following the advice of the Dutch government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Clearly, we all have to do our bit to help contain the spread of the virus. We therefore advise you to exercise great restraint in receiving guests or booking an overnight stay at a guest address.


Every direct contact – which is difficult to avoid when you stay at a guest address - could contribute to transmitting the virus and its spread. This would pose a higher risk to all of us and that surely cannot be the intention.


Stringent measures apply until at least the end of April and they may be further extended. In the meantime: please take care of yourself and of each other.
 

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PLEASE NOTE: SITE NOT AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 24 - 31.

Dear Friends and guest addresses,

Behind the scenes we are working on a new IT system. It will go live at the end of this month. Therefore, the website will be closed from Wednesday March 24 to Tuesday March 31. From April 1st you are more than welcome and almost all services will be available again. In the meantime, we would like to refer you to the booklet and of course the helpdesk is available for questions.

After April 1, there are a few perks that you will probably have to wait for. For example, the notice board (‘Prikbord’) for finding a cycling or walking buddy is not immediately back. The gift membership that you may want to give to a good friend is also temporarily unavailable. We try to fix this as soon as possible.

Warning: please save your favorite guest addresses and the information and contacts of the Prikbord’. We are doing our best, but we may not be able to put this information back on the site. If all goes well, you will not notice the new system and you will soon be able to use the service you are used to again.

Thanks for your patience and a warm greeting,

Team Vrienden op de Fiets