Coronavirus control measures in the city centre

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we want to give everyone enough space. For this reason, we have taken measures in Groningen’s city centre.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the website of the central government.

Most recently amended: Wednesday 22 September 2021

Entertainment area

Starting on 10 July, catering establishments will be open until midnight under certain conditions. Nightclubs and discotheques will be closed. For more information, please visit the national government website.


  • Signs, lines and notifications on the pavement will inform you of the measures to ensure safety and accessibility in the city centre. Stewards will be present to remind people of the rules, provide information and answer questions.
  • The shopping streets in the city centre must be kept free of obstacles, such as parked bicycles or displays.


Cyclists in the city centre must store their bicycles in the bike racks and designated spaces. The city has installed extra bike racks in the city centre for this purpose, and bicycle parking is free in these racks. Bicycles parked outside of these designated parking spaces will be removed to make room for visitors in the city centre.

  • Do not cycle side-by-side in the city centre, and avoid passing other cyclists.
  • Busy cycle routes will have extra green lights for cyclists.

Temporary street closures

On market days, some streets will be closed to make room for market stalls and pedestrians. These streets are:

  • Vismarkt Noordzijde on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • A-kerkhof on Saturday.

The Folkingestraat will be closed during peak hours.

  • During these periods, cyclists may walk their bicycles through the area. There are no bicycle racks or parking spaces in the Folkingestraat. Bicycles parked here may be removed.
  • Delivery bicycles, health care workers and people dependent on a bicycle due to a mobility impairment are permitted to enter these streets with their bicycles. Inform the stewards at the traffic barriers before entering the pedestrian zone; they have been instructed to allow necessary bicycle traffic through the barriers.

Extra bike racks and bicycle parking prohibition

We have made extra room available for visitors in some shopping areas and narrow streets.

Bicycles may not be parked in these streets. The city has installed extra bike racks in several locations in the city centre where cyclists can store their bicycles for free.

Bicycles parked outside the bike racks or designated areas may be removed. This measure also applies to the local residents’ bicycles.

Bicycles are prohibited from parking outside the bike racks and designated areas in the following streets: Westerkade, Brugstraat, A-Kerkhof Noordzijde and part of the Zuidzijde, Stoeldraaiersstraat, Kromme Elleboog, part of the Turftorenstraat, part of the Kijk in ’t Jatstraat, Zwanestraat, Guldenstraat, Vismarkt, Herestraat, Grote Markt, Poelestraat, Peperstraat, part of the Oosterstraat from the Carolieweg, Carolieweg, Kleine Pelsterstraat, and Folkingestraat.

Kaart met fietsparkeerplekken en straten met fietsparkeerverbodExtra bicycle parking spaces

Ossenmarkt, A-Kerkhof Zuidzijde, Haddingestraat, Kantoor Gemeente Groningen (Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98, tegenover Folkingestraat), Gedempte Zuiderdiep, Rademarkt, Oosterstraat, Gedempte Kattendiep, Martinikerk, bicycle storage facility Nieuwe Markt.

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Bicycle removal

Bicycles removed from the pedestrian zones will be stored in the temporary depot located at the Damsterplein.

  • If the bicycle lock must be cut to remove the bicycle, we will secure it at the storage facility by means of a chain lock. You can collect your bicycle from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 19:00, and from 12:00 - 19:00 at the weekend. Attendants will be on duty to remove the chain lock during these opening hours.
  • The storage facility is always open, so bicycles not secured by a chain lock can be collected at any time.
  • Bicycle owners must present a key to prove that they are the owner.
  • Owners will not be charged for collecting a bicycle for the time being.
  • After 12 days, the bicycles are taken to the AFAC bicycle depot Groningen on the Travertijnstraat. Available by phone on 050 579 75 74.

Car parking

Elimination of parking spaces

In order to give pedestrians and cyclists room, it may be necessary to temporarily eliminate some car parking spaces in the city centre.


Visitors can find a parking space in one of the city’s parking garages.


If residents have trouble finding a parking space as a result of the coronavirus control measures, they can contact the Parking Office to discuss a possible alternative.