Coronavirus: consequences for municipal services

Coronavirus: consequences for services The services of the Municipality of Groningen will remain available to residents and companies. There are, however, a few adjustments due to the coronavirus.

Latest update: Tuesday 18 January 2022.

Office opening hours

All the office opening hours (in Dutch).


Check for basic rules.

  • Non-essential shops such as clothing shops and garden centres may be open until 17:00 hours. 
  • Essential shops, (such as supermarkets) may be open until 20:00 hours


  • Primary schools, secondary schools and schools for special (secondary) education reopened on 10 January 2022.
  • MBO, colleges and universities reopened on 17 January 2022 for on-site education.

There are exceptions for practical education, (interim) exams and for vulnerable pupils and students.

For more information, please visit the national government website.


  • Out-of-school care centres (BSO) reopen on 10 January 2022.
  • Daycare centres for children from 0 to 4 years old are open. 

For more information, please visit the national government website.

School transport

The following new rules apply to School transport:

  • All students are to wear a non-medical face mask.
  • All children aged 4-12 years displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19 are to stay at home, so also with mild cold complaints if no negative self-test can be shown. This measure also applies to students aged 13 and above. If a negative self-test can be shown, the child can be transported.
  • Wherever possible, children and young people should board and disembark themselves, and fasten their own seat belts. The driver can help if necessary.
  • The driver will disinfect their hands after assisting a child in boarding or disembarking, or in securing a wheelchair.
  • The driver will give the contact points an extra clean.
  • There is no cap on the number of children/young people travelling in the vehicle. All seats will be available for use.

Carrier contact details

If you require permission from the municipality or have a question, you can reach us by sending an e-mail to You can find the current guidelines and transport protocols on the Publiekvervoer (Public Transport) website (Dutch).

More information

For more information about corona measures in education and childcare, please visit the national government website.


Visit to find out the current coronavirus measures that apply to sport.

You can also read the frequently asked questions about coronavirus and sport on the Central government website (Dutch) or on this English page on the same website.

Art, culture and recreation

A lockdown will apply to at least Tuesday 25 January 2022. You cannot go to the theatre, cinema, museum or a concert. Also cafes and restaurants, nightclubs and discotheques are closed. Libraries are open.

Questions about health, healthcare and assistance

Please visit Coronavirus: health and assistance.