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Safely navigating the city

This is how we do it!

26 May 2020 - 31 January 2021 Put in my calendar

Safely navigating the city. This is how we do it!

Coronavirus can spread quickly when people gather together in groups. That’s why the Municipality of Maastricht has taken extra steps to prevent any potentially unsafe situations for pedestrians and cyclists. Having seen how busy it was in Maastricht this summer, we have some tips aimed at spreading the flow of visitors in order to make safe use of the available space. Since 13 October, a number of measures have been tightened.

Arrangements #SafelyNavigatingMaastricht:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • ↔️ Keep your distance.
  • 🚶‍♂️Stay on the right.
  • 🔲 Stand in the waiting areas in front of shops     

 

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Please note:

😷 The urgent advice to wear face masks in indoor areas that are open to the public still applies. Shop owners are allowed to refuse entry to customers who are not wearing face masks.

🛏 Hotels are open, but are allowed to serve food only to their guests. Cafés and restaurants are closed.

🚶 If you do want to visit Maastricht, then remember to follow the tips for safely navigating the city and make sure to give other people enough space.

🕖 Shops are allowed to remain open until 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Remember to check the applicable opening hours of your favourite shop on their website.

Quick info:

Visitor tips for #SafelyNavigatingMaastricht

Some of Maastricht's main streets can be quite crowded. If they are, please go to another street or a quieter neighbourhood. Wyck, ‘t Bassin, Plein 1992, Stokstraatkwartier, Sphinxkwartier, and Jekerkwartier have some fantastic, authentic shops for you to discover. Explore these places and help spread the flow of visitors, so that everyone can safely enjoy the available space.

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The Municipality of Maastricht has announced that the rules of conduct for pedestrians and cyclists will take effect on 21 May and will last until 31 January 2021 at the earliest.

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Coming by car

The multi-storey car parks in the centre often fill up quite quickly. Follow the tips below to avoid spending a lot of time looking for a parking spot in the centre:

  • If you’re taking the A2 or A79, park for free at P+R Maastricht Noord. You can get to the city centre on bus number 10 for €2.15 (day return), or take bus number 30 to the main railway station/Wyck. A group ticket for groups of three to five people costs €5.40.
  • Paid parking at a P+W car park (Frontenpark, Bonnefanten, and Stadspark) on the outskirts of the city is cheaper than in the centre. From there, it’s just a 15-minute walk to Vrijthof or Markt square.
  • If you’re coming from Belgium (Lanaken/Maasmechelen), take Belvédèrelaan and park on the outskirts of the city at P+W Frontenpark and Sphinx. 
  • If you’re coming from the south (Eijsden/Liège) or east (Cadier en Keer), park on the outskirts of the city at P+W Bonnefanten for a fixed rate of €10 on Saturdays and Sundays. De Griend, Plein 1992, or De Colonel are usually less busy.

Check the Smart Map for the various ways to travel to the city centre of Maastricht. 

Changes to bus stops on Vrijthof square

Arriva buses will follow a different route until 31 January 2021. The following stops will no longer be served: Markt toward Vrijthof square, Vrijthof square, Bouillonstraat, 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 – toward Vrijthof square (alternative: stop at Mosae Forum or Boschstraat/Maagdendries)
  • Vrijthof square (alternative: stop Mosae Forum or Boschstraat/Maagdendries)
  • Bouillonstraat (alternative: Cannerplein stop)
  • Tongersestraat (alternative: Cannerplein stop)
  • Hondstraat (alternative: Sint Pieterskade stop)
  • Sint Pieterstraat (alternative: Sint Pieterskade stop)

Pedestrians

  • Pay attention to information and traffic signs.
  • Follow the lines and angels on the street that indicate walking routes.
  • Use the waiting spaces in front of shops when the shops are busy.

Opening hours for markets, restaurants and cafés, and shops

  • The Wednesday and Friday markets in Maastricht will go ahead.
    From Friday 6 November, the Maastricht Friday market will be held on Markt square, Vismarkt, and Hoenderstraat, ending the previous split set-up over two squares (Markt and Vrijthof). The market has been reconfigured to ensure it’s entirely COVID-compliant. For example, the walkways have been widened and the street could be made one-way traffic only. Stallholders have also sacrificed some stall space so that the square has room for all other stallholders. The opening hours of the weekly market will return to the original times of 9 AM to 3 PM, so that visitors to the market can be spread out as much as possible. This new set-up is temporary and will remain in place for as long as the coronavirus measures apply. There will be no changes to the Wednesday market. 
  • Pubs, cafés, restaurants, and hotels have been closed since 14 October 2020. Multi-functional venues (such as cinemas or theatres) will close their catering outlets. Restaurants and cafés are still open for takeaway and delivery.
  • Some shops are allowed to remain open until 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Remember to check the applicable opening hours of your favourite shop on their website. Until further notice, there will be no late-night shopping hours on Thursdays. Grocery stores may remain open later.
  • No alcohol may be sold after 8 PM. This applies to sales and delivery of alcohol, as well as consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Public toilets

Pubs, cafés, and restaurants have been closed again since 14 October. Unfortunately, this also means that there will be fewer places to use the toilet. However, the following public toilets will remain open:

  • Main railway station: every day from 7 AM to 9 PM
  • Q-Park Vrijthof
    Monday: 12:00 noon - 7 PM
    Tuesday to Thursday inclusive: 10 AM - 7 PM
    Friday: 7 AM - 7 PM
    Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
    Sunday: 12 noon - 6 PM 
  • Extra toilet unit at Mosae Forum
    There is an extra toilet on the Meuse-side square at Mosae Forum in front of the municipal office. The toilet costs €0.50 per visit and is routinely cleaned. 
    Monday: 12:00 noon - 7 PM
    Tuesday to Thursday inclusive: 10 AM - 7 PM
    Friday: 7 AM - 7 PM
    Saturday:10 AM - 6 PM
    Sunday:12 noon - 6 PM
  • Mosae Forum has disabled-access toilet facilities:
    Monday to Wednesdag: 8.30 - 16.30 PM
    Thursday: 13.30 - 19.00 PM
    Friday: 8.30 - 12:30 PM 

Cyclists

Pedestrians must be able to make safe use of the available space, so please do not park your bicycle outside the racks! Please use the racks and bicycle-parking facilities provided. 

Where can you park your bicycle?

  • Extra bicycle racks at Mosae Forum and on Vrijthof square.There will once again be a temporary events’ bicycle rack at Mosae Forum. Extra bicycle racks have been installed on Vrijthof square, opposite Museum aan het Vrijthof/Spaans Gouvernement building.
    The extra bicycle racks will be guarded until 31 December 2020 inclusive at the following times:
    • Thursday from 7 AM to 10 PM
    • Friday to Saturday from 7 AM to 9:30 PM
    • Sunday between 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Bicycle parking on Markt square. The parking facility is open from Monday to Saturday inclusive from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and on Sundays and public holidays from 11 AM to 8 PM. The facility is closed on late-night shopping evenings.
  • Q-park bicycle-parking facilities on Vrijthof square
  • Underground bicycle parking at the main railway stationThe parking facility at the main railway station is free for the first 24 hours and €1.25 per day after this.
  • The bicycle-parking facilities on Kesselskade will remain closed until further notice. 

Please be aware that queues may be longer at the bicycle-parking facilities. Please also follow the 1.5-metre social distancing guidelines. 

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