UPDATE: TUESDAY 20 JULY - 16.00 hrs
On 14 July, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced new measures for working from home and ventilation during the corona debate in the Lower House. Below we indicated per part what this means for VU Amsterdam.
Working on campus
Working from home is the norm again for the time being. Our message to all employees is to work at home unless there is no other option. Go to vu.nl/thuiswerken (working from home) for tips on how to do this properly and healthily. Discuss what this means for you with your manager.
The current rules for air ventilation in the Buildings Decree and the applicable national guidelines will continue to apply. The Dutch government has announced that there are no indications that adjustments are necessary. Therefore, there are no new rules for ventilation in buildings. Our systems comply with rules for ventilation in the Buildings Decree and with the RIVM guidelines. Our buildings are not all the same. One building is older than the other; the other is fully connected to an air-conditioning system, another is partially connected to an air-conditioning system. We apply other air treatment systems (for example in combination with fume cupboards) in laboratories and specific research environments than in offices and educational environments.
You will find more information on ventilation in our buildings on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Start academic year 2021-2022
On 13 August, the Dutch government will take a final decision on the measures at the start of the new academic year. On Monday 16 August, VU Amsterdam will explain and communicate the cabinet decisions. At that time a decision will also be made about the VU introduction days. Naturally, we follow the situation closely.
An update will be posted on this page when new developments occur.
UPDATE: FRIDAY 18 JUNE - 19.30 HRS
The Dutch government has announced further relaxations of the corona measures. VU Amsterdam follows the guidelines of the national government. There will be a change in the following measures:
- Use of a face mask
As of 26 June, wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory if a distance of one and a half metres can be maintained.
- Working on Campus
The necessity criterion and the "working at home" advice will cease to apply as of 26 June.
- Preparations for education in the academic year 2021-2022 & VU introduction days.
We have a green light for our educational activities in September without the one-and-a-half metre rule and without restrictions such as group size.
Use of a face mask as of 26 June
As of 26 June, wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory if a distance of one and a half metres can be maintained. VU Amsterdam has been set up as a one-and-a-half-metre university, which means that this distance can be observed everywhere. This applies to entrances, corridors, lifts, classrooms, and workplaces. The measure to wear a face mask is therefore abolished. Voluntarily wearing a face mask does not give any extra freedom, such as abandoning the one-and-a-half metre distance in lifts.
Working on Campus as of 26 June
The necessity criterion and the "working at home" advice for working on campus will lapse as of 26 June. This means that working activities - although still at 1.5 metres - can take place on campus. As long as the one-and-a-half metre rule applies, space will remain a limiting factor and - to prevent congestion - we will not be able to use all workplaces and facilities on campus at the same time. Discuss what this means for you with your manager.
Preparing for the introduction days & education in the academic year 2021-2022
It looks like we have a green light for our educational activities in September without the one-and-a-half metre rule and without restrictions such as group size. We assume that our campus can be fully used again for education and, with the flexible timetable that was put in place earlier, we are preparing for a scenario without limitations.
We have been working on a flexible timetable in which campus is fully used again for education, while possibly scaling up or down to a '1.5m timetable'. We have prepared various scenarios and campus space can be used as effectively as possible, while the safety and accessibility of the campus remains guaranteed.
On 13 August, the Dutch government will take a final decision on the measures at the start of the new academic year. A decision will also be made on the VU introduction days. It looks like the education/study-related activities can also take place without one and a half metres and without restrictions on group size. VU Amsterdam will of course monitor the situation closely.
In case of new developments, we will update this page.