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The corona virus and Vrienden op de Fiets

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.
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.

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.

 
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!

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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