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May 29 2020

JFCBS Covid-19 Staff update 29 May 2020

Brunssum, The Netherlands, Friday 29 May 2020


The NATO-supported Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) has airlifted more than 300 tons of vital supplies needed during the COVID-19 pandemic to Germany over the past two months. Germany has carried out six missions since the beginning of the crisis using SALIS capabilities. In total, together with NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), the SALIS programme, managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), have delivered over 1,000 tons of medical supplies to NATO Allies; this includes Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.


As long as the spread of the Coronavirus remains under control, The Netherlands will continue to move cautiously to ease current restrictions. As of Monday, 01 June, among others these relaxations will take effect:

  • Outdoor group gatherings will be permitted, given the safety distance between individuals is respected. For indoor gatherings, the maximum number of people is 30.
  • Outdoor seating areas of restaurants, cafés, bars and hotels can be reopened from 12.00h. There is no maximum number of people, but all guests must sit at tables.
  • Restaurants, cafés and bars may also have up to 30 guests inside. Guests must make a reservation and possible health risks must be assessed beforehand together with the guest. Like in outdoor seating areas, all guests must sit at tables.
  • Hotels may serve food and drink to overnight guests, even if this means serving more than 30 people.
  • Libraries will open, and cinemas, theatres and concert halls can admit up to 30 people per auditorium after reservation.
  • Museums and heritage sites may reopen. Visitors must make reservations, the maximum number of visitors depends on the size of the building.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open.
  • Public transport can be used for essential travel only. All passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on buses, metros, trams, ferries, waterbuses and trains.
  • As a general rule for all these aforementioned relaxations, people who are not members of the same household must always keep a safety distance of 1.5 metres between individuals.


  • Young people aged 13 to 18 will be allowed to take part in organised sports activities outdoors without keeping a distance of 1.5 metres, as it is already the case for children aged 12 and under. Competitions and matches will remain prohibited.


As for HQ JFC Brunssum, two more MWA activities will re-open on 02 June:

  • Auto Car Craft Center: Mon-Fri, 10.00h-15.00h, Open for APKs, oil changes and other minor vehicle maintenance. No do-it-yourself/hobby work will be allowed until further notice. Do not drop by to arrange work on your car, you must call 045-526-3173 to schedule your car. When dropping your car off, adhere to the mitigation measures in place. Keys will be placed in a basket to be sanitized before and after maintenance is done.
  • Library: Open for drop off and pick-up only between the hours of 12.00h-16.00h. Customers can also call 045-526-2665 to pick up any prizes won during the Spring Reading Program.


Remember to regularly apply hand hygiene, stay safe and enjoy the long Whitsun weekend!




Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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