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Are we sticking to the coronavirus rules?

If we all wash our hands often, give eachother enough space and stay home if we have symptoms, the number of coronavirus infections will drop. So it’s essential for everyone to stick closely to the rules. But is this actually happening? The dashboard gives this information under the heading ‘Behaviour’.

Someone is washing their hands

This article has been last updated on 3 November 2021.

The government’s basic rules are intended to control the virus, avoid overburdening the healthcare system and protect vulnerable people. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) carries out a survey every three weeks to find out what people think of the measures, and whether they are sticking to them. Around 5,000 people answer questions on, for example, working from home, giving eachother enough space and getting tested when you have symptoms.

Behaviour on the dashboard

The page headed ‘Behaviour’ tells you what percentage of respondents stick to the basic rules (compliance) and whether people think these rules are a good idea (support). You can also see whether these figures have changed compared to the previous measurement.

This image shows some of the basic rules we must follow in order to reduce the number of infections.

Changes over time

The graph headed ‘Compliance and support over time’ enables you to look further back in time. You can select a measure from the drop-down menu above the graph.

This graph shows -over a longer period- whether people are complying with the rules.

More support than compliance

The dashboard shows you that people often agree with the measures, but don’t always stick to them themselves. We practically all agree that we need to wash our hands, but we don’t do it anywhere near as often as we should.

Research is essential for measures

The results of research on behaviour help RIVM to determine what effect measures will have. So policymakers can use these results to set appropriate rules that people can stick to.