Earlier, we wrote that we are preparing for an academic year in which we will abandon the 1.5-metre rule. The exact measures will become clear on 13 August. In this update, we provide more clarity on orientation events and other gatherings, vaccination of international students, group travel and more. We have been closely following the developments relating to coronavirus measures this summer. If necessary, we will communicate further information on these developments as soon as possible.
As it stands now, the 1.5-metre rule will remain in effect in August for activities with a social context. Education-related activities are exempt from this rule. It is not always easy to make the distinction between the two, so we have drawn up a guideline for the UvA: Orientation events for degree programmes and educational gatherings will be considered education-related activities, including their more ‘social’ conclusion. This does not apply to activities that are purely for fun, such as drinks receptions. If you have questions about organising an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degree programmes and study associations have asked for clarity on organising group travel. Because the number of infections is back on the rise in some countries, and due to the fact that insurers are still tightening their rules relating to the coronavirus, we strongly advise against organising trips from the UvA at this time.
Until 1 August, staff and students can still request self-tests at zelftestonderwijs.nl. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has decided to take the site offline with effect from 1 August. We are looking into making self-tests available for distribution on campus. More information will follow as soon as possible.
There have been questions about what to do with staff and students who have symptoms from September onwards. Unfortunately, the Dutch government has not yet provided sufficient clarity on this matter. It remains important to stay at home in case of symptoms and request a COVID-19 test. We expect this topic to be further clarified at the press conference on 13 August.