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The Netherlands can continue to open up again now that the number of coronavirus-related hospital admissions is decreasing. There are also two major steps ahead for the education sector. The maximum group size will cease to apply from 18 February, and the advice to work from home will be relaxed. In addition, face masks will no longer be required from 25 February onwards.

What is changing this week?

No maximum group size

The maximum group size of 75 people will cease to apply from 18 February. Larger lectures can therefore take place on the campus once again, as can larger meetings. Inaugural lectures, doctorate conferrals, lectures and debates can take place in large rooms once again. Our aim is to take advantage of the new opportunities as soon as possible. 

The teaching timetables in the current block have already been drawn up and the degree programmes will examine whether it is possible to switch locations or to transfer online lectures directly to the campus. For more information, keep an eye on your timetable and Canvas. Restrictive measures for on-site education will no longer be taken into account in the preparations for block 5.  

Advice to work from home

The advice to work from home is being relaxed with immediate effect to ‘work at the office for a maximum of half your working hours’. This will once again create more scope for team discussions and meetings. Colleagues have reached agreements on working from home in recent months, and this change also means discussing the best working format with each other once again. For example, this could include reaching agreements with your team and supervisor about days at the office to ensure that you can continue to work well together.  

Consult uva.nl/hybridewerken for tips, guidelines and the UvA's policy in this area. 

Quarantine rules

You will need to spend less time in quarantine in the event of a positive test. The isolation period has been reduced from 7 to 5 days (once you have been symptom-free for 24 hours). Not sure whether you need to self-quarantine or not? Do the government’s Quarantine Check

Events from 18 February 

From 18 February, it will be possible to organise all events and activities relating to education, including those organised by  study associations, in-person again, without having to observe the maximum limit of 75 people.

You can find up-to-date information on events here.

We ask anyone organising activities and events to enable participants to follow the basic rules as much as possible. Schedule it in a space that can generously accommodate the intended number of attendees. The UvA will continue to monitor ventilation in buildings and will take action when needed. 

What will change from 25 February?

Face masks

From 25 February, you will no longer need to wear a face mask on campus or in the buildings. Although some students and staff will be happy about this, others will find it stressful. We might suddenly find ourselves standing close together in a busy lift, for example. We would therefore ask you to respect each other's boundaries and concerns. If you would prefer to keep wearing a face mask, feel free to do so. All updated information on face masks can be found on this page.

Events from 25 February

Find up-to- date information on events here.

We ask anyone organising activities and events to continue to enable participants to follow the basic rules as much as possible. Schedule it in a space that can generously accommodate the intended number of attendees. The UvA will continue to monitor ventilation in buildings and will take action when needed. 

Quarantine after travel

The coronavirus situation in a country is no longer decisive with regard to the colour of the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All the health and safety risks will be taken into account once again. The quarantine obligation on returning to the Netherlands will lapse on 25 February. Find out which quarantine measures apply to your travels by doing the government's travel check.

Useful links and up-to-date information

Coming to campus?

On this page, we keep track of which measures apply and no longer apply on the campus. 

Basic rules

So be sure to wash your hands properly, sneeze in the crook of your elbow and ensure good ventilation. It remains sensible to follow the basic rules. 

Want to find out if you need to go into quarantine? 

Consult quarantainecheck.rijksoverheid.nl for an up-to-date overview of all the quarantine rules. 

Difficult period

Although much more is becoming possible. For many students and staff, the corona period continues to be a difficult time that causes stress, discomfort and loneliness. That’s why we are asking everyone to continue to keep an eye out for each other. If you have a fellow student and colleague who is at the end of their tether, call them up, arrange to meet up or refer them to the different initiatives and options offered by the UvA for support during this period. 

Find an overview for students here.
Find an overview for staff of information for working from home here.

Find more information on quarantine, vaccination and (self)testing here.

For answers to any other questions, see the FAQs on the coronavirus page.