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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.

The FAQ list offers detailed answers to many questions

Checklist Students: Can I Come to Campus? (15/1/2022)

Checklist Employees: Can I Come to a WUR Location? (15/1/2022)

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Procedure: what to do when a student tests positive on COVID-19?

If a student in your course or thesis is tested positive, please contact the taskforce Education in Coronatime for advice on what to do. They can be contacted through Reception Forum (weekdays 08-23h, weekend 10-18h, 0317 482160) They will transfer you to the correct contact person.

Update 15 January

Positive news: as of Monday 17 January, we are allowed again to offer on campus education. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Kuipers announced this last night in the first press conference of the Rutte IV Cabinet.

For employees who do not work in education, the announced relaxation will not change much at the moment; working from home will remain the norm.

Students and teaching staff have received further information about what the opening of on campus education means for them in practical terms.

Still, there are some restrictions: the maximum group size of 75 people applies, with the exception of examinations. Also, wearing a nose-mouth-mask everywhere is mandatory. Preferably, the type of mask you wear is medical.
This to protect students and staff, to prevent unnecessary quarantine and to allow research and education to continue as much as possible. These medical masks will also be available at the reception desks from 18 January onwards.

Quarantine rules adjusted

With the omicron variant, the number of infected people is rising rapidly. This requires us to take responsibility: keep a 1.5-metre distance where possible, wear a medical mask where indicated, get vaccinated and use the booster shot, and self-test twice a week.

Please note that the quarantine rules have changed for:

  • people who had a booster shot at least one week ago;
  • or had corona less than eight weeks ago;
  • or have worn a medical mask during contact.

Most quarantine rules are more relaxed. See also the most recent versions of the 'Can I come to WUR/campus' overviews.

When to wear a (medical) nose mouth mask

  • In general: when walking through the WUR buildings and outside when it is not possible to keep one's distance due to the busy traffic;
  • Students: in all situations inside buildings, also when sitting in a lecture hall, self-study room, canteen or during an examination;
  • Teachers and employees in education: in all situations, with the exception of distance teaching for (large) groups, e.g. in lecture halls and when speaking at orations;
  • For other employees within buildings: in places where more than 1 person is working in one room.

Exceptions include labs where the safety situation does not allow the wearing of a mouth mask, and during sports.

It goes without saying that one is allowed to wear a nose mouth mask at all times.

Other measures

  • Outside on campus it is allowed to meet with four people, naturally at a distance;
  • From 18 January 2022, PhD defenses can take place in the Aula, with a maximum of 75 people present. Here, the obligation to wear a medical mask also applies;
  • Study-related activities on campus, organised by study associations, are possible again;
  • Outdoor sports at, and sports in, SportCenter de Bongerd are again permitted. The corona entrance pass is mandatory for persons over 18 years of age, plus the wearing of a (medical) mouth mask. Only interdisciplinary competitions are permitted, without an audience.

We look forward to meeting students and providing physical education on campus again. These measures will apply at least until the next press conference, which will take place on Tuesday 24 January.

Update 04 January

After the holidays of the past week, the 3rd of January the government announced that the lock-down for higher education will be extended. The current measures will be re-evaluated on the 14th of January. This means that our education will unfortunately stay mostly online. The only exceptions are for exams, design studio’s, practical education and lab-based theses work. It remains obligatory to wear a nose-mouth mask when walking inside a building.

All existing measures will continue, for both students and employees. We therefore urge everyone to work from home and only come to campus when strictly necessary.

Stricter quarantine regulations

The current national quarantine regulations regarding COVID-19 have been updated and became stricter again. Quarantine is now extended to 7 days when you have a positive test. When you have been in close contact with someone, even if you are fully vaccinated, the government requires you to quarantine for 5 days. The only exception is when you, as ‘close contact’, have been wearing a ‘medical’ mouth-nose-mask (ii, iir or ffp2). In that case you are not considered as a ‘close contact’ and the quarantine rule doesn’t apply. For that reason, we have made ‘medical’ nose-mouth masks available for teachers and students during on-campus practicals. For students and employees who come to campus and do not conduct a practical, we advise you to provide a medical mask for yourself. Also make sure to self-test regularly, at least twice a week, to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and keep 1.5 meter distance in the building.

Update 19 December

In the past week it became clear that Omicron is spreading very rapidly in the Netherlands. The lockdown from today until at least Friday 14 January 2022 together with the accelerated booster campaign should help to cope with the pressure on care. For education, the measures apply at least until Monday, 10 January, with a weigh-in on 3 January.

Teachers will receive further information about the impact on their education in period 3 by email at the end of the afternoon on Monday.

For the applicable rules see the WUR corona protocol and the FAQ.

For students and employees of WUR the following applies:

Education

  • Examinations/examinations (no limitation of group size) will proceed as scheduled
  • Practicals and lab work will continue
  • There is no need to keep a 1.5-metre distance for the above activities, but the call is to keep as much distance as possible.
  • The library in Forum will remain open.
  • Self-study places will remain available, up to a maximum of 75 people per room. Only with reservations.
  • PhD defenses, inaugural and farewell addresses take place online, or in the Aula (without audience).

General

  • All previous measures remain in force (see protocol).
  • Work at home, unless there is no alternative.
  • Location-based research can continue at WUR-locations. This means lab-work, including work in animal- and plant-facilities.
  • All non-essential facilities on the campus are closed. Sports at sports centre the Bongerd is not possible, with the exception of top sports.
  • Outdoor sports in pairs at 1.5 metres is allowed.
  • The winter programme of Student Service Centre will be adjusted.

Holidays in a small circle

The severe lockdown on our social life around the holidays has the greatest impact. This comes at the end of an already turbulent year, in which dealing with circumstances in a flexible manner makes great demands on us.

We hope nevertheless that everyone will find the peace and quiet to enjoy the holidays at home in this situation, in small circle, with family or friends.

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 above).

Archived corona updates

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.