For nearly two million Dutch people, the opportunities to exercise in groups will be much greater from Wednesday. The age limit will be raised from 18 to 27 years. This means that now everyone up to the age of 26 can exercise in a group and team setting, a total of about 5.3 million inhabitants of the Netherlands.
For everyone aged 27 and older, the restriction still applies that sports is only possible in groups of two people, with a distance of 1.5 meters between them. The raised age limit does mean that in many team sports the seniors are separated within teams, which often include players of different ages.
In recent months, only youth up to and including 17 years (3.3 million Dutch) could exercise in groups. They were also allowed to play mutual matches. Duels with local clubs are still not allowed. Football association KNVB, the sports association with the most members in the Netherlands, has already canceled almost all competitions for this season. The KNVB wants to organize regional competitions for the so-called Regio Cup, as soon as it is allowed again.
Sports are still not allowed, apart from some top sports competitions. Gyms and sports canteens will remain closed.