Compliance and support

The Netherlands’ approach is essentially to control the virus as much as possible, avoid overburdening the healthcare system and protect vulnerable groups. We can get coronavirus under control, but only if we all follow the basic rules. To find out more about the information on this page, go to ‘Explanation of the data presented’.

This survey was carried out between Tuesday, 20 April and Monday, 26 April. Is updated every 3 weeks.

Source: RIVM

Download data: RIVM

Survey of the Dutch public

Every three weeks a survey of a representative sample of the Dutch population is carried out. Survey respondents all answer the same questions about the basic rules that the government has laid down to combat coronavirus. The purpose of the survey is to find out to what extent the public supports and follows these rules. The survey is coordinated and published by RIVM, and carried out by Kantar Public.

Number of respondents


Number of people surveyed.

Value from Tuesday, 20 April - Monday, 26 April · Source: RIVM

Basic rules

PercentageRuleCompare to previous survey*
Wear a face mask in indoor public spacessame
Do not exceed the maximum number of visitors at homesame
Work from home if possiblesame
Avoid busy placessame
Stay 1.5 metres away from other peoplesame
Cough and sneeze into your elbowsame
Wash your hands oftensame

This table shows the percentage of survey respondents who reported following each of the basic rules in their daily life.

* Any difference compared to the previous measurement can be shown with 95% certainty.

Basic rules over time

This graph shows the changes in the percentage of respondents who reported following the basic rule in their daily life.

29 Sep 202026 Apr 20210%25%50%75%100%