The rules were far less strict than those of the country's neighbours, permitting small gatherings of people if social distancing was corm. As part of the first phase, libraries, hairdressers, nail bars, beauticians, massage salons and places providing occupational therapy were allowed to reopen from 11 May.
The guidance comes after critics said there was no sex advice for singles. How lockdown is being lifted across Europe But in guidance published on 14 Maythe RIVM said "it makes sense that as from single [person] you also want to have physical contact" during the pandemic.
A further infections and 53 deaths were recorded tuck the Netherlands in the past 24 hours. In total, 43, people have tested positive for coronavirus in the country so far, with more than 5, deaths.
Social-distancing measures have been in place in the Netherlands since 23 March, when the government imposed what it called an "intelligent" applciation "targeted" lockdown. But pairings should avoid sex if one of them suspects they have coronavirus, the advice says.
The more people you see, the greater the chance of spreading the coronavirus. Should singletons choose to engage in sexual contact, precautions should be taken to minimise the risk of coronavirus exposure, the authority said.
The relaxation of restrictions came after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the country had made "headway" in its effort to bring the of coronavirus infections and deaths down.