UPDATE!! With cases of COVID-19 surging across the Netherlands, coffeeshops are working with new corona measures effective immediately. With the country now under ‘partial lockdown’, the new safety measures are stricter than the previous set, with consequences for your coffeeshop visits and opening hours. In addition, outdoor possession or use of cannabis after 8pm is prohibited. Please take a minute to read all about the new rules here.
New Corona Measures Affect All Coffeeshops And Customers
As you will have noticed, Dutch infection rates have soared in the past few weeks. New coronavirus measures are now required to contain the virus before it overwhelms national healthcare capacity. Everyone is asked to do their share, including all Boerejongens coffeeshops and our valued customers. The latest coronavirus measures are stricter than before, with direct consequences for all coffeeshops and for you as our guest. As usual, our hosts and other staff do all they can to keep you and themselves safe. Always follow their instructions, and comply with the rules outlined here to make sure we can stay open and continue to serve you. We know we’re asking a lot of you, but if we act together as a (cannabis) community, we can get through this crisis with maximum safety and minimum hassle. So once again, we thank you for your cooperation as we proceed to outline the new coronavirus measures at Boerejongens coffeeshops!
1: Boerejongens Coffeeshops Closing At 8pm
Let’s start with the good news: you can still visit Boerejongens coffeeshops to buy cannabis. As before, we are only operating on a takeaway basis. The big difference is that as of today, all coffeeshops close at 8pm. We understand this may be inconvenient for you, but we will be enforcing these new closing times strictly.
Spreading Your Visits
The reduced opening hours are bound to cause longer queues and waiting times outside our takeaway coffeeshops. That’s why we kindly request you to visit during the quiet hours of the day if at all possible. Roughly speaking, this means the time of day from the moment we open our doors until 4pm. From 4pm to 8pm, you should expect longer waiting times. Although we maintain 1.5m distance, we want to keep queues down to a minimum. Your cooperation in spreading your visits is greatly appreciated!
You’ve been a great help to us in the past few months. Your good behaviour is the sole reason why we’re still allowed to welcome you at our Boerejongens coffeeshops. For that, we are grateful; but we need to keep it up a little longer. Only if we stick to the rules for a little longer can we keep the coffeeshops in business. There is an added benefit, though: this is a great opportunity to further improve our reputation as Amsterdam’s cannabis community!
2: No Cannabis Or Alcohol Allowed On The Streets At Night
This new rule affects anyone out on the streets after 8pm, starting October 14. As of now, use or possession of ‘soft drugs’ (i.e., any product containing weed or hash, including edibles and pre-rolled joints) is banned from 8pm to 7am. The same applies to outdoor use or possession of alcohol. This rule is intended to stop people gathering outdoors for social drinking or smoking. Police and municipal enforcement teams may fine anyone violating this rule, so if you do need to go out in the evening, make sure to empty your pockets of any cannabis before you leave home.
3: Mandatory Face Masks To Be Announced Soon
There has been a lot of confusion and debate on the use of face masks. While face masks are currently only mandatory in school hallways and public transport, the authorities intend to enforce the mandatory use of face masks soon. This is intended to end confusion, but the legal technicalities of mandatory face masks are still being addressed as we speak. For now, there is an urgent advice to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces.
Which Corona Rules Already Applied?
During your stay in the Netherlands, you must follow the rules imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules apply to everyone in the Netherlands, including tourists.
- If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home;
- Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (approx. 2 arm’s lengths) from other people;
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly;
- Don’t shake hands with others and avoid physical contact;
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hand;
- Avoid crowded places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres;
- In he home space, a maximum of 3 visitors per day applies;
- The number of people allowed to assemble indoors is limited to 30 people;
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 40 persons max;
- Sports clubhouses and stadiums will be closed;
- Restaurants, cafés and bars have to close. They are only allowed to operate by delivery or takeaway for now. Hotels can stay open, provided they take appropriate measures to protect staff and guests;
- Additionally, local shop owners are allowed to enforce a no-entry policy for customers without face masks.
For the full current Dutch COVID-19 rules, read this official government statement.
Are Face Masks Mandatory At Boerejongens?
For now, face masks are not mandatory, but as noted, that is likely to change soon. Until then, we kindly request you to bring along and wear a face mask upon entering the coffeeshop. Note that this is not mandatory; it is simply a request, as we prefer to err on the side of caution. Consider it an extra precaution to protect you, your loved ones, and our own people. Better safe than sorry – now more than ever!
Stay Safe: We’ll Keep You Posted
Meanwhile, national and municipal consultations are ongoing, so the situation could change in the days to come. Keep a close eye on the Boerejongens website and the socials. We’ll let you know as soon as changes are announced. Until then, we say: stay safe, stay optimistic, and keep reminding each other of the rules. Always follow the instructions of our hosts, and together with all of Amsterdam, we will only emerge stronger once we leave these difficult times behind us!
Want More Info?
Interested in more info on the latest measures against the corona pandemic and how it will affect your trip to Amsterdam? A full list of the new coronavirus measures can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.