Press conference of November 12: Stricter measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19

We were expecting stricter measures. On November 11th, the Netherlands recorded some 16,000 COVID-19 infections. The highest number registered until now, but not a record to be proud of.


As Hugo de Jonge (minister of health, welfare, and sports) said in Friday’s press conference: “Not everyone is getting tested when they have symptoms, so the actual number of infections is probably higher than we know.” To make sure hospitals will not be facing a code black, the Dutch government is implementing stricter measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures will come into effect on Saturday, November 13 at 18.00 hours. Below, you will find an overview of the measures to consider when visiting Chinatown The Hague.


  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 meters wherever your QR-code is not required (shops, but also on the streets, as it’s only a little effort to give some extra space to your fellow pedestrians).
  • Wear a mask whenever you are inside in places where the QR-code is not required (shops, public buildings, etc.).
  • Non-essential stores and services will close at 18.00 hours (clothing stores, hairdressers).
  • Restaurants and essential stores will remain open until 20.00 hours (supermarket, pet stores, pharmacy).
  • Going out for dinner? A QR-codeĀ and a fixed seat are mandatory. Make sure to arrive prepared – reserving a table ahead is advised, especially in the smaller restaurants of Chinatown.
  • Has someone from your household been infected with COVID-19? We kindly ask you to stay at home until everyone has recovered, before visiting Chinatown again.


For a complete overview of all measures against COVID-19, please read the website of the Dutch government.


Of course, we understand that these new measures require everyone to adapt yet again. However, we are certain that if we manage to comply with the basic rules (that we should be used to, by now), we can make sure that Chinatown can remain open for anyone who wants to visit. We are very grateful if you decide to support Chinatown’s stores by doing your grocery shopping there. This way, we’ll still have a vivid Chinatown after the pandemic!