Information regarding the coronavirus

Update 14 January 2022

We are relieved that the government has decided that universities may partially reopen for education and research from 15 January. That is good news. However, the maximum group size of 75 people per room (with the exception of exams) will be reintroduced. The face mask advice has been extended: wear a face mask inside, also when seated, and also outside if a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

We continue to advise students to keep a close eye on Brightspace for information on how the current measures will affect courses. As we are in the middle of our exam period, we continue to urge everyone not to come to the campus for an exam in case of a positive test, if you are showing Covid-19 symptoms or if you need to go into quarantine.

We therefore ask everyone on our campus to (continue to) observe the following measures:

  • Stay at home if you are showing symptoms and get tested, even if your symptoms are only mild. Check here what to do in case you or people around you become infected.
  • The maximum group size has been limited to 75 persons per independent room, with the exception of exams.
  • We expect all our students and staff on campus to wear a face mask, not only when moving between rooms, but also when sitting down in classrooms. Face masks should also be worn outside, if a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be kept. Instead of using reusable cloth masks, it is recommended to use disposable face masks, preferably type II.  Microbiological, chemical and radiological laboratories are exceptions to this rule, as specific rules with regards to face protection apply.
  • We expect employees in offices and other non-educational areas to wear a face mask when moving around or where a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.  
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres wherever possible.
  • Research activities can only take place on campus if they are strictly site-specific (laboratories, etc.)
  • Work from home, unless there is no other option. Working on campus is done in consultation with your supervisor. The home working advice does not apply to employees who have to be on campus  on account of educational, research or other campus-based activities.
  • University libraries will remain open with a maximum of 75 people per room, and with observation of the established hygiene measures. Other study places may also remain open to support students.
  • Faculty pubs are closed until at least 25 January 2022.
  • Employees and students can order self-tests free of charge. More information at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl.
  • Adhere to the basic measures to prevent the spread of viruses (e.g. wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, do not shake hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow).
  • Follow the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when travelling abroad. Return to the Netherlands well prepared by doing a travel check beforehand. For students, travel is only permitted in the context of an internship or exchange programme, and to a selected number of countries in Europe. You can find more information here

We will of course remain alert to outbreaks and other developments, and will keep in close contact with municipal health service GGD.

In conclusion, this is a difficult time for all of us. Please know that you are not alone. If you are having a hard time, seek help. Our staff and students can always turn to their manager or study advisor for help.