This evening the cabinet announced a further tightening of corona measures during an extra press conference. Because of concerns about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant a hard lockdown is being imposed, which will unfortunately also affect universities.
No in-person education will be allowed on campus up to and including 9 January. Fortunately, the scheduled exams can go ahead, which is something we have been preparing for intensively in the past months. The UvA buildings will remain open to provide space for vulnerable students and staff members who are unable to carry out their work from home. Activities that cannot take place online, such as practicals and lab work, will also be able to go ahead (maintaining due distance). Do check the website for the exact opening hours of the buildings, as these may be different during the holiday period.
This new decision is a hard blow, but we will once again have to make the best of the situation and try to adjust as quickly as we can. Studenten will receive more information about this via their programme. Because we want everyone to feel safe on campus and to be able to concentrate properly on their exams, we are taking extra safety measures. We will make sure people are able to keep sufficient distance when entering and exiting, in the rooms and the hallways. We will also be cleaning more often and more thoroughly.
All the measures summed up
After a good start, we had hoped this academic year would proceed reasonably ‘normally’. This hard lockdown is an extra setback, at the end of a year in which many of us are already on our last legs. Please take care of yourselves and each other in the coming period and try to make the best of it.