rom 19 December, a hard lockdown went into effect in the Netherlands. With this radical coronamate rule, the government wants to slow down the advance of the omicron variant. The lockdown will last until at least Friday 14 January 2022. On this page you can read what this means for a visit to Maastricht. Detailed information about the national corona measures can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
The basic rules
- Stay at home as much as possible. Also during the holidays.
- Stay 1.5 metres from others.
- Do not go to busy places.
- Work at home unless there is really no alternative.
- Outside, a maximum of 2 people are allowed to be together. On 24, 25 and 26 December, you may be outside with a maximum of 4 people. Also during the turn of the year. This maximum does not apply to people who live at 1 address. Children up to the age of 13 do not count.
- Maximum 2 people at home. Children up to the age of 13 do not count.
- On 24, 25 and 26 December, you may receive a maximum of 4 people at home. Also during the turn of the year. Children under 13 do not count.
- Wash your hands.
- Do not shake hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.
- Face masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces.
New measures: Hospitality, culture, and events
- All eating and drinking facilities (including outdoor terraces) are temporarily closed from 19 December 2021. Pick-up and delivery is possible.
- Hotels are open for overnight stays.
- Restaurants in hotels are closed.
- Theatres, cinemas and concert halls are closed.
More information (in Dutch):
Dutch government: the corona virus and the catering industry and events.
Dutch government: corona and going to the theatre, cinema, museum or concert.
New measures: Shops
- Most shops are closed.
- Supermarkets are open. Baker's, butcher's and other food and drink shops are also open.
- Drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, audiologists, petrol stations, driving schools and shops for repair and maintenance are also allowed to stay open.
- Do-it-yourself shops are open for pick-up.
- Places where you can collect and send parcels can remain open.
- Banks remain open.
- Government organisations remain open.
- Libraries remain open for pick-up.
More information (in Dutch): Government: Corona, shopping and grocery shopping.
Coronavirus entry pass
As of Sunday, 19 December 2021, most places that require a corona access card are temporarily closed.
This web page will be updated after each official announcement of changed measures.
Information Security Region South Limburg
Check the website of Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Limburg for the Dutch and the Euregional situation.
Tips for a relaxing visit to Maastricht
- Plan to visit Maastricht in the morning or on a weekday. It’s less crowded in the city Mondays to Thursdays; Wednesday and Friday are market days.
- Explore the side streets in the Wyck, Jekerkwartier, and Stokstraatkwartier neighbourhoods or the trendy Sphinxkwartier area and discover surprising new places.
- Come into town by bike. Bicycle-parking facilities are located throughout Maastricht; at the market, the central station, Kesselskade, the Mosae Forum, and Vrijthof square.
- If you come by car, park in the nearest car park so that you don’t have to search for a parking space or drive unnecessarily through the city.
- From the A2/A79 motorway, P+R Maastricht Noord is the best option. You can park here for free and buy a return bus ticket (for only € 2.20) to the city centre (get off at the Mosae Forum or Boschstraat/Maagdendries stop). You can also take line 30 to the station/Wyck. If you are travelling in a group, it is cheaper to buy a group ticket for 3-5 people (price: €5.45).
- On the outskirts of the city, you can park at a P+W car park (Frontenpark, Bonnefanten, and Stadspark) for a fixed daily rate. De Griend, Plein 1992, or De Colonel are usually less busy.
Cyclists and motorised traffic
Cyclists and motorised traffic, closed:
- Vrijthof-Oost, between Helmstraat and Bredestraat:
From 11.00 to closing of terraces.
Market bicycle shed
- Mon - Wed: 07h00 - 21h30
- Thu: 07.00 am - 22.00 pm
- Fri and Sat: 07:00 hours - 21:30 hours
- Sunday shopping: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Kesselskade bicycle parking facility
Kesselskade bicycle parking will be closed from Thursday 23 December 2021. We will keep you informed as soon as the bicycle shed reopens. In the meantime, you can park your bicycle in the bicycle shed at the Markt.
Temporary bicycle-parking facility at Vrijthof square
There is a currently a temporary bicycle-parking facility at the north-west corner of Vrijthof square, near café De Perroen (at the corner of Statenstraat/Keizer Karelplein), where you can park your bicycle.
Markets are exempted from the lockdown measures and may continue to take place for the time being, for both food and non-food until 17.00 at the latest and with a 1.5-metre stand.
Market in front of the town hall: Weekly market on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Organic market at the Ruijterij in Wyck: Thursdays from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Antiques and collectibles market & flea market in Boschstraat: Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. If events are taking place, the antiques and collectibles market will not go ahead.
Vrijthof square by bus
Since pedestrians currently have to use the road at Vrijthof square, Arriva buses are operating alternative routes until January 9, 2022. This means that buses will not serve the following stops: Markt towards Vrijthof, Vrijthof, Bouillionstraat, Tongersestraat, St. Pieterstraat, and Hondstraat. Instead, you can get on or off at a temporary stop nearby. Here’s a list of the changes to bus stops:
- Markt - towards Vrijthof (alternative: stop Mosae Forum or Boschstraat/Maagdendries)
- Vrijthof (alternative: the Mosae Forum or Boschstraat/Maagdendries stop)
- Bouillonstraat (alternative: the Cannerplein stop)
- Tongersestraat (alternative: the Cannerplein stop)
- Hondstraat (alternative: the Helmstraat stop)
- Sint Pieterstraat (alternative: bus stop Sint Pieterskade)
Maastricht Central Station:
Open daily from: 07.00 to 21.00
- Monday from 12:00 till 18:00
- Di - Fr from 10:00 till 18:00 hrs.
- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00
- Monday from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm