Update

Corona guidelines and updates

On this page, you can find the latest updates relevant for the majority of our personnel, students and partners. Detailed information is provided via email or by supervisors.

Wageningen University & Research complies with measures advised and communicated by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Dutch government, the local health authority GGD and the travel policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Over the past months, there was a weekly update. From now on, we will issue an update whenever there are developments that affect WUR’s corona policy. Please refer to the protocol (right hand side of this page) and the FAQ-list (via button below).

Information for students about COVID-19

The FAQ list offers detailed answers to many questions

Archived corona updates

Are you viewing the page on your mobile? Scroll down for the measures that are currently in place. These changes come into effect on Monday 7 June.

Update 22 July 2021

First and foremost, we stress that the basic measures to mitigate the spread of the virus remain in effect until further notice. Wash your hands regularly, maintain a 1.5-metre distance from others. If you have corona-related symptoms, stay at home and get tested.

1.5 meters, or face mask

As WUR employees, we are jointly responsible for protecting ourselves, our colleagues and our students during our work.

  • Face masks are no longer mandatory when moving through a building. However, the social distancing requirement remains in effect. So, please wear a face mask if there is a chance people may not keep sufficient distance.
  • Use the self-tests twice a week.

Working from home

Following the debate in the House of Representatives about Corona on July 14, the Cabinet has decided that as of July 19, 2021, the advice will be to work from home again, unless there is really no other option. This advice is adopted for working at WUR. In concrete terms, this often means that office work is mainly done from home. Look for the most recent measures on this page with the WUR protocol.

Self-testing

The option to order self-tests (via the site: www.zelftestonderwijs.nl) will expire on 1 August. Instead, Higher Education will receive self-tests from the government/OCW for dissemination. These will be distributed by WUR itself from 1 August. There will be (self-service) containers for this at each WUR location. As soon as the inventory has been completed, we will inform you where these self-service bins will be placed.

Maximum group size and events

As of 26 June, there are no longer any restrictions for group size, neither indoors nor outdoors. Indoors the MCC is the leading factor (both at room level as for the entire building). Outside, the 1.5-metre distancing rule remains in effect. Booking rooms/spaces in advance, through the normal procedures, is necessary.

For larger gatherings (outside as well) the following applies:

  • Guests seated 1.5 metres apart
  • Registration and health check
  • One or more people in the organising team to be appointed as corona stewards to monitor compliance with the rules.

(Deparment) Meetings, inside and outside, are allowed again. The maximum Corona capacity determines the number of participants.

Requests for outdoor gatherings may be sent to the Servicedesk Facilities

Most recent information in the FAQ

The next update will probably be posted in mid-August. The corona FAQ are continuously updated. Should you be unable to find your question, please email info.corona@wur.nl.

Corona Update 24 June

During last Friday’s press conference, a number of adjustments to the corona measures were announced. These adjustments will come into effect on 26 June. In this update, we will inform you on how the relaxing of the measures affects working at WUR. Students will receive a message with information specific to their situation today.

First and foremost, we stress that the basic measures to mitigate the spread of the virus remain in effect until further notice. Wash your hands regularly, maintain a 1.5-metre distance from others. If you have corona-related symptoms, stay at home and get tested.

1.5 meters, or face mask

As WUR employees, we are jointly responsible for protecting ourselves, our colleagues and our students during our work.

Working from home becomes working partly at the office

Immediately at the onset of the corona crisis, the maximum corona capacity (MCC) was calculated for all our buildings, based on the ventilation capacity and the number of square metres. Now that working at the office is once again permitted, 100% of the MCC may be used. That is: within the 1.5-metre rule and within the ventilation capacity.
Supervisors will discuss within their teams how the available workstations can best be used. Organise this at group level, for example using a booking system or fixed days.

Maximum group size and events

As of 26 June, there are no longer any restrictions for group size, neither indoors nor outdoors. Indoors the MCC is the leading factor (both at room level as for the entire building). Outside, the 1.5-metre distancing rule remains in effect. Booking rooms/spaces in advance, through the normal procedures, is necessary.

For larger gatherings (outside as well) the following applies:

(Department) Meetings, inside and outside, are allowed again. The maximum Corona capacity determines the number of participants. Requests for outdoor gatherings may be sent to the Servicedesk Facilities.

Corona update 4 June

The government is easing the corona measures as of 5 June. This means we can move a step back in the roadmap. However, we are still at the highest level of risk. The corona numbers are decreasing, but we must remain vigilant. 

The measures that are being lifted apply to restaurants, movie theatres and museums, and are expected to affect our personal lives.
There is no change in the remote working situation. This will remain the standard. Within the available capacity of WUR buildings, education and research are prioritised. Moreover, we consider it our responsibility to limit movements to and on campus as much as possible, in keeping with the government’s policy, until such a time this policy is changed.

How is our WUR corona protocol affected? 

These changes come into effect on Monday 7 June. 

Weekly update will become update following developments

Over the past months, there was a weekly update. From now on, we will issue an update whenever there are developments that affect WUR’s corona policy.

Corona update May 27

The wet, fresh Spring weather seems to be nearing its end. The garden is heavy with rain dripping from the rain shower. On the up side, herb seeds of the Spring emailing have germinated and sometimes protrude about 10 cm above the ground. At Together@WUR we can already see the first photos of the basil and nasturtiums.

The relaxation announced in tomorrow's press conference will give social life a little more leeway. A step towards phase 3 of the WUR roadmap. We emphasize that working from home is still the rule. We do hope that the relaxation will offer more opportunities to meet again personally in small groups. If this is the case, we will translate this directly into our protocol (see column on the right).

Fortunately, with the relaxation of measures and slightly wider travel options, going on holiday and taking time off is more attractive. It gives the opportunity to take a few days off to visit a museum or enjoy a day out with the family. Or go on holiday in your own country, before the hustle and bustle of the school holidays begins. Take a longer vacation if you can, and coordinate with colleagues what fits in planning. At least two consecutive weeks of free time is advised in order to continue to work well and to stay mentally and physically healthy!

Corona update May 20

The easing of measures that was announced last week came into effect yesterday. With the relatively cold and wet spring weather, the outdoor terraces will not automatically fill up, but ‘we have some options’. We are still awaiting a reopening of the cultural sector so that we may also satisfy our hunger for theatre and art, in addition to being able to snack and drink outdoors.

Stage 4 of the roadmap is still current, despite the eased measures  

WUR is also faced with questions on whether the easing means other things may now also be possible, for example, through emails sent to info.corona@wur.nl. Examples of such questions include: will the remote working rule be lifted now that self-tests are available? And: Are we permitted to organise events with larger groups on campus? Or: Will students be able to go on exchanges, or can we take business trips now that the measure prohibiting non-essential travel has been eased?

We make every effort to answer these questions as new information becomes available. We adhere to the government policy, which means that we are still faced with the restrictions as detailed in stage four of the national roadmap, in spite of the adjusted measures.  As soon as the government eases more measures, our policy will be adjusted accordingly. 

Self-tests

Working with self-tests is a key feature in the current approach. Students and staff needing to be physically present at one of WUR’s location can order these self-tests free of charge. The Outbreak Management team advises you to test yourself once or twice a week as a preventive measure. It may still not be possible to provide every student and staff member with sufficient tests as they are in short supply. We, therefore, request students and staff to start with one test per week

Preparing for the 2021-2022 academic year

Earlier this week, teachers facilitating courses in period 1 have been sent an extensive FAQ for teaching staff detailing how best to set up their teaching activities for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. Students have also been sent information on what to expect at the beginning of the new year. For incoming students, the most recent information will be posted on wur.nl next week.

Corona update May 12

Due to Ascension Day tomorrow, this week the update appears a day earlier.

Yesterday's press conference outlined cautious optimism. It is a balancing act between "managing expectations" and taking actions based on facts and figures. The question of if and which relaxations of measures will be possible as of next week, was therefore not yet answered.

In all likelihood, in the next update we will be able to indicate what the relaxation in "Step 2" of the opening scenario of the central government means for, for example, the WUR campus facilities. Only then will it be clear whether and which relaxations will be implemented.

Exchange programs and travel

Specific information is given regarding travel to and from abroad now that the general negative travel advice expires on 15 May. Clarity about the possibilities this offers is important for WUR students who want to study abroad in the coming semester, and for international students who want to come study at WUR, starting in September.

We believe that students should absolutely have the opportunity to participate in exchange programmes. In the coming weeks we will know more on to what extent it will be possible to initiate exchange programmes. Students and lecturers will be notified as soon as we have more information.

For employees, WUR will align the travel policy on the basis of the advice of the central government. The information in the corona FAQs will be updated very shortly.

Perspective for employees: WUR roadmap

The relaxations that have already been implemented mainly aim at education. In general, WUR follows the opening scenarios of the national government. The implications for WUR have been translated into a WUR roadmap. We see that for now, despite minor easing, we still maintain Level 4, the highest risk level. Working from home therefore remains the norm, as does following all the basic measures: keep 1.5-meter distance, wear a facemask, and take a test when you have symptoms related to COVID-19. Only when we can go to Level 2 – in line with the instructions of the Dutch government - will it be possible to return to (more) work at WUR locations. It is not yet possible to indicate when that will be.

Self-tests

WUR employees can now order Covid Self-tests at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl

They are free of charge for all students and staff of Wageningen University & Research (using your WUR-login), and provided by our government. Self-tests will make it possible to detect infected persons who haven't developed Covid-19 symptoms (yet).

Using these tests thereby contributes to reducing the spread of the virus in the Netherlands. These tests will not be used as an ‘entrance ticket for the campus’ and use of them is strictly on a voluntary basis. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage employees who work at WUR locations to make use of this free option.

Working @ WUR

In our internal communication, we ask employees to actively participate in Working@WUR. This programme focuses on a new balance between remote and on-location work and is mainly aimed at a future situation where there are no, or only very limited, COVID-19 restrictions. However, it does make use of the experiences that have emerged from the past year.

Corona update May 6

This week again, a short update, due to the May vacation.

5 May is National Liberation Day in The Netherlands on which we celebrate the end of WWII. For the second time it was celebrated without the usual national festivities. Some traditional elements did take place, such as in Wageningen the traditional lighting of the National Liberation Fire, at midnight. For the time being, the corona measures will continue to leave their mark on what can take place, and what cannot. Yet there is also room for optimism. The declining trend of infections and the increase in the number of vaccinations mean that we can carefully start looking forward to a different situation after the summer.

For education, we are preparing for education in the new academic year in which the 1.5 meter measure will lapse. In the new academic year, however, a maximum group size of 75 people applies. In doing so, we act in line with the advice of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the VSNU, which is followed by all Dutch universities. By making this decision well before the summer, timely organization and preparation is possible. Teachers and students will be notified on what it implies for them as soon as possible.

Education period 6 will start next week (May 10), and more students will come to campus again because more education is allowed on campus. However, it is expected that further easing of Corona measures will not take place on short notice. We continue to monitor developments on a weekly basis and translate them into what will be possible at WUR locations, so that we also can offer prospects to employees in research and support.

Corona update 29 April

This week and next it is the May holiday. We had a beautiful sunny King's Day this week, and many colleagues enjoy some well-deserved days off. Students use this week to prepare for the exam week of the 5th period. Therefore this week short update.

The Education Taskforce uses the time to complete the preparations for a timeline and scenarios and to make decisions about which scenario is used for the educational situation per academic year 21/22. Teachers will receive information about this shortly.

We are also awaiting further instructions from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and VSNU on the provision of self-tests. Compared to last week, no additional information has yet been provided.

Finally, we would like to emphasize that we understand employees who experience stress or unrest due to the long-term uncertainty we have to deal with. The limited relaxation mainly affects education, but all other general COVID-19 measures will remain in place until further notice. As WUR, we want to offer colleagues who are affected by this a good and precise safety net. This often starts with a signal to a manager, so that we can look together at what is needed to get through this period again.

Questions

Check the FAQs for WUR students and employees or this page for the latest updates. Check here whom to contact for what. Or reach out to info.corona@wur.nl.

Have more (general) questions? The RIVM has opened a hotline for questions: 0800-1351.