Live blog: Corona Measures on Texel
1 May 2020
This page will no longer be updated. We would like to refer you to the page Corona measures on Texel, where you can find all current information.
Hello, my name is Anouk and through this page I will keep you informed today with relevant and current information about the corona virus and tourism on Texel. You can also check out our: Coronavirus FAQ page
VVV Texel has close contact with the Municipality of Texel, the Texel entrepreneur platform and TESO, so that we can share developments quickly.
The last news:
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 04.58 PM
- From May 21, Ascension Day, a temporary bicycle ban will apply in the shopping streets in Den Burg and Dorpsstraat in De Koog. The ban applies between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- From Ascension Day it is also forbidden to park bicycles in the passages between the Weverstraat and the Achterom in Den Burg and in the passages between the Nikadel and the Dorpsstraat in De Koog. Texel residents and tourists can park their bicycles at one of the public bicycle sheds in the centers of Den Burg and De Koog.
Info for traveling to Texel
There is currently no travel ban for the Netherlands, including Texel. This also applies to foreign guests. Read more information about traveling in and to the Netherlands here.
Monday, May 11, 2020 - 02.19 PM
- TESO further expands the timetable. In recent days, the demand for transport to and from Texel has increased significantly. For this reason, TESO will re-introduce the regular hourly timetable as of Friday 15 May (it was previously announced that this would be the case on 29 May).
- The office desk on 't Horntje on Texel will reopen on Tuesday 2 June at the usual opening hours.
Update Thursday May 7, 2020 - 16.52
- From Friday 8 May 2020, TESO will include a number of extra sailings in the timetable, because the number of travelers is rising slightly.
- From Monday to Friday, a departure from Texel at 3:00 pm and a departure from Den Helder will be added to the timetable at 3:30 pm. As of tomorrow, sailing will again start on Monday and Friday at 9:00 am from Texel and 9:30 am from Den Helder.
- The ferry service plans to return to the regular timetable on Friday, May 29. This is in response to the government's plans to restore public transport to the normal timetable on 1 June.
- Passengers who are not in a vehicle are obliged to wear a mask when crossing from 29 May.
Update Tuesday April 7, 2020 - 9.30
- The border between the Netherlands and Germany will remain open in the near future, but only for necessary border traffic. Unnecessary border traffic is called on both sides of the border to stay at home.
- Germans who cross the border for a multi-day stay in the Netherlands from Friday 10 April must return to their home quarantine for two weeks when they return to Germany.
- The border has remained open, because the border regions in the Netherlands and Germany are too intertwined to lock everything there.
Update: Monday, March 23, 2020 - 19:24
- From Saturday 28 March, TESO will operate according to an adjusted timetable, with fewer crossings. You can view the updated timetable on the special TESO news page.
- Travelers must remain in their vehicle during the 20-minute crossing and purchase an e-ticket online before departure so that they do not have any contact with other people.
- Cyclists and pedestrians are asked to spread as much as possible in the salons. On average, about 40 pedestrians and cyclists are taken on board per departure. On the spacious lounge deck (with a surface of over 3,000 m2) it is easy for these passengers to keep 2 meters away from other people.
- Extensive hygiene measures have been taken on board. The ferry service will not go out of service.
- These measures guarantee a safe crossing for everyone. All information about travel, measures and the sailing schedule can be found at www.teso.nl.
Info for a stay on Texel
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11.34
- VVV Texel launches the "TexelMap" app on 20 May. A crowd control app that manages capacity in popular locations and proactively applies controlled distribution across the island. Read all about it in this news item.
Monday, May 11, 2020 - 9:59 AM
- The North Holland North safety region has decided that beach houses are allowed from this week.
- From today, preparations can be made to place the business cottages. This takes about 2 weeks. After this the private houses can be placed.
- Private beach houses can be placed from Monday 25 May.
- On the beach, too, people must adhere to the corona guidelines of the national government.
- The KopGroep library on the Drijverstraat in Den Burg will open again on Wednesday 13 May with measures. The library is only open to members who come to borrow and hand in books.
Update Thursday May 7, 2020 - 09.32
The government announced on Wednesday evening that a number of corona measures are being relaxed step by step:
From May 11: contact professions and outdoor sports
- Hairdressers and beauticians are allowed to work again. Pedicure and physiotherapy are also allowed. You have to make an appointment.
- You can exercise outside. But you have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
- Libraries open again.
From 1 June: public transport, catering is open again to a limited extent
- A face mask is mandatory in public transport. Only travel by bus, tram, metro and train if you really have to.
- Terraces may open again, but tables 1.5 meters apart.
- Restaurants and cafes open for up to 30 people. Visitors must make a reservation first.
- Cinemas, theaters and concert halls open for up to 30 people. Visitors must buy a ticket in advance.
- Museums open. Visitors must buy a ticket in advance.
- Secondary education opens.
From July 1: campsites, restaurants and bars open further
- If the virus remains under control, campsites and holiday parks can be fully opened again, including shared shower and toilet facilities.
- Cinemas, restaurants, cafes, theaters and concert halls open for up to 100 people.
- Churches, congress centers and crematoriums are also allowed to organize meetings for up to 100 people again. Weddings with up to a hundred guests are also allowed.
From September 1: all sports allowed, saunas open
- The gyms open again. Indoor sports and contact sports are allowed again.
- Sports competitions are allowed again, including professional football. But no audience should come to watch.
- Furthermore, saunas, gyms and casinos are allowed to open their doors again and sex workers can also get back to work.
- The cabinet has not yet taken a decision on when major events, such as festivals and concerts, may be organized again.
Do not forget:
Always keep 1.5 meters away & avoid places where it is busy.
With every relaxation, this depends on how the virus develops. Practice must also show whether certain relaxations are workable. Read all new measures here.
Update Monday May 4, 2020 - 14.09
From April 30, 2020, a new emergency regulation will apply in the North Holland North region. In the attached file (in Dutch) you will find further information and applicable conditions for:
- Campsites open on 1 May 2020 subject to conditions
- Group accommodations
- Bed and breakfast
Update Tuesday April 21, 2020 - 19.40
- The ban on events has been extended to September 1. It is known for Texel that more than a hundred events cannot be held in the coming months. The calendar includes Sompop, the Landbouwdag, Strenderpop, Beach Food Festival, the fair and dozens of summer markets.
- Other measures from the 'intelligent lockdown', such as the closure of the restaurants and cafés, will be extended until 20 May.
- The Prime Minister emphasizes that people should also continue to work at home, often wash hands and stay at least a meter and a half away from each other.
- The visiting arrangement for the care homes is also extended by three weeks.
- From May 11, primary schools can open again, as well as special primary education and childcare.
- Dentists and dental hygienists can also open the doors again. Hairdressers and beauty salons, for example, must remain closed for the time being.
- A week before May 20, the cabinet will decide on this package again.
- Check out this page for the latest information on anti-coronavirus measures.
Update Monday April 20, 2020 - 13.00
Procedures and approach Texel General parctices with regard to Covid-19:
- General practices now only treat patients who do not have respiratory complaints and / or fever. They try to handle as much as possible by telephone and only when physically necessary to see patients. For tourists, they contact their own doctor as much as possible in case of health complaints. Only if physical assessment is really necessary (eg suture wound or if his own GP thinks it necessary) can he / she report by telephone to one of the Texel GP practices.
- Patients with respiratory complaints and / or fever: these patients also need to call their own GP in the first instance, only if they deem it necessary that the patient is seen, patients can be seen at a central "cough consultation hour". To do this, first contact one of the Texel GP practices.
- Contact general practitioners: for urgent purposes, a random number from one of the Texel general practitioners can be dialed. For Corona-related questions, the request is to first call your own GP and the GP can then contact a Texel GP if the patient needs to be seen.
- The above also applies to evening / night / weekends.
- Website (s) for reliable information about Covid-19: www.thuisarts.nl; www.rivm.nl
Update Wednesday April 8, 2020 - 13.45
- Public transport services on Texel have been adapted to limit the spread of the Corona virus. In bus 28 you are requested to board through the back door. It is not possible to buy a single ticket. Therefore, travel with the OV chip card or an e-ticket.
- Paying with the OV chip card at the Texelhopper vans is no longer responsible. Therefore, until further notice, payment can only be made with the debit card via the SumUp in the Texelhopper vans. There is a temporary rate of € 2 one way. Do you have a subscription? Then you can still travel with the Texelhopper on presentation of the OV chip card.
Update Sunday March 29, 2020 - 17.51
- The placement and use of beach houses is immediately prohibited. The houses have an attractive effect on people. The locations where beach houses are normally located are designated as a prohibited area. There is no time limit in the regulation.
- At a number of beach strokes there are temporary beach houses in the parking lots. With the help of a tolerance decision of the college and with the permission of Staatsbosbeheer, the houses can be temporarily placed here until they are allowed on the beach. The number plate for 2020 must be attached to the houses, they must be placed close to each other and the houses must not be serviced. The tolerance decision applies up to four weeks after the emergency ordinance has been lifted. If the beach houses can be placed on the beach again, the business houses will first go to the beach. After two weeks, the private houses can also be reached on the beach.
Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 17.10
- To compensate victims, the municipality of Texel reimburses the costs already paid for the Texel e-vignette. This concerns all types of cards; annual, monthly or weekly tickets. Have you had to cancel your stay and want to be eligible for a refund? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, registration number and IBAN (account number). The costs are returned and the vignette is removed from the system.
- Read the message from the mayor of Texel on texel.nl
Opened locations on Texel
Are you now on Texel? Then we would like to refer you to the page 'Opened locations on Texel until 19 May 2020', where we inform you about the locations and facilities that are open.
Update Wednesday March 25, 2020 - 16.08
- The Monday market in Den Burg will continue to take place. After all, a market is an essential part of our food chain. National corona measures are observed here. (Keep 1.5 meters away, stay at home as much as possible, stay indoors if you have a cold).
- The Texel marina is closed until June 1. According to the 'Wadden Islands Marinas Foundation', marinas cannot meet the requirement to observe a distance of one and a half meters.
- Supermarket chains and drug stores are currently limiting the number of customers in the store. A shopping cart is now mandatory at many supermarkets. This way, people can better keep 1.5 meters away. The use of a basket is mandatory in smaller supermarkets. Only a limited number of trolleys and baskets are available in the shops, so that it does not get too busy. If the store is full under the new directive, other customers will have to wait outside.
Update: Monday, March 23, 2020 - 19:24
- Measures have just been tightened up during the national press conference. These include: fines are issued if no 1.5 meters are kept (in groups of more than 3 people), with a fever of a family member, the whole family must stay at home and all meetings and events in the Netherlands are prohibited until 1 June . Tomorrow we will share more details about what this tightening means for the activities on Texel.
- Staatsbosbeheer Texel announces that their nature reserves will remain open, but it does request visitors to comply with the measures in force. Natuurmonumenten made a national appeal on Sunday March 22 to not go into nature. If you do choose to visit nature, please observe the following guidelines: avoid crowded places, always keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters and stay at home if you have flu symptoms.
- Last week many Texel companies started a collection and / or delivery service. Check the page 'Opened locations on Texel until 19 May 2020' to see from which companies you can collect food and / or products and / or have them delivered.
- More and more shops are adjusting their opening hours or closing temporarily. We advise you to check the opening hours before visiting the store. On the page 'Opened locations on Texel until 19 May 2020' you can see which stores also offer delivery service.
Update: Monday, March 16 14:11
Update: Sunday, March 15
- The VVV Texel store is closed until further notice. VVV Texel remains accessible by telephone, WhatsApp and e-mail. You can find opening hours and contact details on our contact page.
- Hotels remain open on Texel and only serve breakfast / lunch / dinner to hotel guests.
- In the Netherlands and also on Texel, all food and beverage outlets, sports centers and saunas will be closed on March 15 at 6 p.m.
- We would like to remind you once again of the prescribed hygiene measures (read them on the RIVM site) with the request to observe them. These measures are of course also taken into account by the companies on Texel.
Update: Saturday, March 14
- Keep in mind that for the time being on Texel many companies are asking to pay with the pin - instead of cash.
- The services of the Protestant churches on Texel will be broadcast online in March.
Do you want to know what the current situation means for your booking via VVV Texel and / or a holiday to the island? Then contact VVV Texel via our contact page.
VVV Texel is currently receiving a lot of messages, we do our utmost to respond to all your requests as quickly as possible. Tips for a faster response:
- Check if your question is among the Coronavirus FAQ page or in this live blog.
- The municipality of Texel has placed the frequently asked questions (and answers) about Corona that are asked to the municipality.
- Read the travel conditions of VVV Texel.
- Have you already contacted VVV Texel? We ask you to wait for a response.
- We are currently answering all questions regarding bookings in order of arrival date. It may take about 2 weeks before you receive an answer. This is very unusual, but due to the enormous amount of questions, it is unfortunately not possible to respond faster.
- Do you have another question? Then we ask you to preferably only contact us by mail (email@example.com).
- Please state your reservation number if you have booked via VVV Texel.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
On the website of the Association for Insurers you can see what a possible cancellation means for a booking made with a cancellation / travel insurance. For official information about the corona virus and health advice, we recommend that you consult the Dutch RIVM site.