We hope you had a nice holiday or are still enjoying it. We are sending you this newsletter because on Friday 13 August, during a press conference, the Cabinet gave another update on the corona situation and because a number of important announcements were made with regard to higher education, among other things. Perhaps you have already noticed some of these. Below we list the most important things for you.
As of Monday 30 August, the 1.5 metre rule in higher education will be lifted. We are happy and relieved that this will allow for (much) more education on site! This is important for both our students and our teachers and other staff. Of course, we will do our best to create a study and working environment as safe as possible, while applying the current rules.
The urgent advice to use preventive self-testing before coming to a Zuyd location remains in place. We ask students and staff to take a self-test twice a week, especially if you come to Zuyd and/or have an introduction activity. Self-tests can be requested (free of charge) until 1 September via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. More information about self-tests can be found at Zuydnet or Zuyd.nl (new students).
There is a maximum group size of 75 students per room where educational activities take place, excluding lecturers and/or supervisors. This applies to all educational activities. No maximum applies to a Zuyd-restaurant if this is set up as take-away location. If there are seats, however, a maximum of 75 people applies. For libraries, a maximum of 75 persons per room also applies.
Face mask obligation
From Monday 23 August onwards, we will again be obliged to wear a mouth mask when walking through the Zuyd buildings. At a fixed seat and during a teaching activity the face mask can be removed, with the exception of practical lessons for which branch protocols require face masks. The measure will take effect on 23 August because the buildings are getting busier due to exams and introduction activities.
Basic hygiene and health measures
The already known hygiene and health guidelines will be maintained. This means that there is sufficient disinfectant present and surfaces are cleaned frequently. We also use an adequate ventilation system in accordance with the guidelines of the government and the RIVM. Furthermore, it remains important that you:
- wash your hands regularly and thoroughly;
- sneeze and cough into your elbow;
- stay at home in case of complaints - regardless of whether you have been (fully) vaccinated - and get yourself tested at the GGD;
- comply with quarantine regulations.
It is recommended that rooms are adequately ventilated.
Where necessary, designated walking routes, right of way rules or one-way traffic apply. Stick to them and follow the instructions of employees.
To keep Zuyd as safe as possible - especially now that more physical education is taking place as of 30 August - it is important that as many people as possible are vaccinated. Therefore, use the opportunities to get your (second) vaccination. At www.prikkenzonderafspraak.nl (Walk-in vaccination centre) you can see where you can get your first dose right away. Would you rather make an appointment for a vaccination? You can do so at www.planjeprik.nl (Make an appointment online) or by calling the National Vaccination Appointment Number 0800-7070. The GGD Zuid Limburg is also expected to visit the Zuyd locations soon, so students and employees can get a vaccination without an appointment or be informed about vaccinations. More information about this will follow shortly.
Working at home
Until 17 September (the next date on which the government will provide a new corona update), the advice is to work at home, unless there is no other option. This means that you only come to the location if have a (physically) class or have to teach or if, after consulting your manager, there are important reasons to work on site after all.