Corona guidelines as of June 1, 2020

New steps are possible from 1 June.
You can be outside with more people but within the 1.5-meter distance.

You can be in a public place with 30 people, the 1.5-meter distance also applies here.

Unfortunately, the gyms will still stay closed.

Making music such as singing and playing on wind instruments may still be dangerous, it is still discussed if it could be possible.

Cafe’s en restaurants will open again.

30 people are allowed inside and you have to make a reservation and of course, you cannot come if are having any symptoms.

Outside, more people are allowed to sit on the terrace 1.5 meters away from each other. People from one household are allowed to sit together within that distance, as well as 2 people.

Cinemas, concert halls, and theaters are also allowed to open again, with the provision of the 1.5-meter rule, and no more than 30 people. Clients should always make a reservation beforehand.

Secondary schools will open on the 2nd of June.

For a complete overview, you can look at the link of the national government.


Stibat, a non-profit organization distributes Plumes


  The non-profit organization Stibat has launched the national campaign called “Lege batterijen (Empty batteries). Hand them in and Win!

 The winners were a resident of Bennebroek and one of Heemstede, who earned a Plume and a gift voucher of € 25.00. By handing in the batteries, they made a contribution to the environment.

Stibat works on a cleaner environment by collecting empty batteries. It is then made, for example, fora cheese slicer, a flashlight, or a bicycle. So always hand in your empty batteries and do not dispose them in the waste bin.
Nationally there are more than 24,000 recycling points: supermarkets, hardware stores, drugstores, toy shops, etc. Tip: where you can buy batteries, you can also return empty batteries.
So if you are eco-conscious, hand in your old batteries! 

“Kom in mijn tuin” (“come to my garden”) has opened its doors again for children from May 14

   The aim of “Kom in mijn tuin” is to teach children, parents/grandparents, and disabled people about nature and health and in particular to promote vegetable gardening.

“Come In My Garden” in Groenendaal will start again on Thursday,  May 14, for children, the entrance is on the Herenweg 18 Heemstede (opposite the Manpadslaan). The RIVM Corona guidelines will obviously still be observed. The garden is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 5 pm.
Volunteers will help children with gardening. They have already prepared some things so that they can start right away.

There is still some space available for children who are interested. You can register via or by contacting Mik van der Bor, telephone: 023-5282651

For more information, click on  the link:


New  safety measures in relation to the coronavirus from May 11

   The following measures will be expanded as of 11 May:

  • Schools in primary education, including special (primary) education, daycare, and childminder care open their doors.
  • Everyone can exercise outside (including teaching), as long as the  1.5 meters distance is kept. This distance does not apply to children up to and including the age of 12. Competitions, communal changing rooms, and showers are prohibited. For children and young people up to and including the age of 18, it is still advised that outdoor sports should be supervised.
  • Most contact professions will be possible again as of 11 May 2020. These include driving instructors, medical professions (dieticians, masseuse, etc.), external care employees (hairdressers, pedicurists, beauticians, etc.) and alternative medicine practitioners (acupuncturists, homeopathy).
  • Libraries open their doors to the public again. They are taking measures so that visitors can keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.

New measures will be taken from  June 1, but we will inform you about that next time.
Source: National government, May 7


Royal Award

   On Friday, April 24, Hans Kerkhoff, member of the Platform for Integration, received a call from the Mayor of Heemstede, Astrid Nienhuis to hear that he has been appointed Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau. He really is a well-deserved candidate for it, as he has been a volunteer in many fields for over 50 years, particularly for the Church, nature and environment, and refugees.

For example, he is a nature guide at the IVN Zuid-Kennemerland department, a volunteer at Thijsse’s Hof in Bloemendaal, a volunteer from the Taalcoaches foundation and a collector for various charities.
We congratulate him warmly.


King’s Day will be Residential Day


  On April 27, King Willem Alexander celebrates his 53rd birthday. That is a big party every year, but because of the Coronavirus, it is not possible this year. The Bond van Oranje Vereniging has come up with an alternative.

The Federation calls on everyone to raise their flag on the 27th of April with the motto “For King’s birthday and for each other. For the medical staff, for the teachers, for everyone who is committed to society.” They are also asked to ring the bells between 09:45 and 10:00 “as a sign of connection, sadness, and joy”.

At 10:00 am the National Aubade starts singing the Wilhelmus. After that, the mayor of Gouda Verhoeve will congratulate the King from the town hall.

Children are asked to write a letter or make a drawing for the King. The letters will be bundled and handed over to the king. “They will never forget this period. How do they feel? What keeps them busy?” Ali B. is an ambassador for this project. A national toast follows at 4 pm.


Spring in Groenendaal

Now that we are not allowed to go outside much, going to the Groenendaalse Bos is a very pleasant experience. It is very quiet there because you don’t see any airplanes fly over anymore. You can, therefore, enjoy the birdsong that now are easily audible. If you quietly walk in the area where the dogs are not allowed to come, you can sometimes encounter a few deers. That is really special. Squirrels can also be seen.

Most trees now are getting leaves, but they are still very green. There are also trees in bloom in the forest. In fact, this is can now be witnessed throughout Heemstede, so you can also enjoy it.

Go around a bit, you will automatically cheer you up. Have fun but keep your distance with others around you.

 Home games

In this time of sitting at home a lot, here some games. I think everyone knows them, that they are played in all countries, but the instructions below will help you refresh your memory.

“I see I see what you don’t see”

Someone says: I see I see what you don’t see and the color is …… ..

That person is thinking of an object that everyone can see in the room. For example the red felt-tip pen on the table. The others will list all the red objects that can be seen by everyone. For example, your sweater, flowers, curtains, mum’s lipstick, etc.

Those who have guessed correctly may then consider something.


“Who do I have in mind?”

Someone is thinking of a person that everyone knows. It can also be a figure from a fairy tale or from a movie or any public figure. The others will ask questions like: “Is it a man?” “Is he older than 50?” “Can he sing well?” You can only answer with “YES” or “NO” or “I don’t know”.

Those who have guessed correctly may then consider someone.


“No yes, no no and no uh”

The opposite ….. The one who is next is going to answer the questions of the others. Think of a topic together, for example, the school, the garden, football or a certain cartoon. Set an alarm (on your phone) to one minute and, anyone who doesn’t say YES or No or Uh for a minute wins! You can also put a stopwatch (also on your phone) and check who sticks the longest with it and wins.


Who else knows about these simple games? Let us know via the contact form on this site! We have translators, so you can also write in Arabic, Tigrinya, and English. Maybe a game that you always played in your own country, but we don’t know it here? We are excited to hear from you!



Bear hunt

The “Bear Hunt” has opened in Heemstede! If you are a member of Facebook you can register at “Bear Hunt Heemstede“. You can then see a lot of pictures of bears in front of the window.


You can also download and print a “bear bingo card” on that site. Or a “bear diploma” or thank you cards. But you can also do it without Facebook if you want.
The link below provides a link to Google maps, where you can see where the bears are.

If you click on a bear on the map, you will see the address. And below an example of bears waiting for children.

You can walk and get a breath of fresh air with the children.