Government: no new education-related measures, but stay alert

4 Nov 2020 11:00 | Communication

The current situation for higher education will, in principle, remain unchanged until mid-December. However, further restrictions may be imposed at the regional level if necessary. Caution is therefore advised. This was the message that Prime Minister Rutte shared last night on behalf of the Dutch government.

Work from home as much as possible

The new measures do not directly impact education and research at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). The Prime Minister did however stress that it’s important that everyone works from home as much as possible. The maximum group size outdoors is two people (from different households). Until mid-January, people are advised to only travel abroad if it’s absolutely essential. Within the Netherlands, everyone should stay at home as much as possible.

‘Take good care of each other’

During the press conference, Prime Minister Rutte also acknowledged that some people are struggling, particularly those who have been at home on their own for a long period now. He called on everyone to take care of each other. “A little attention and interest can go a long way”. Interim Chair of the AUAS Executive Board, Hanneke Reuling, echoes this sentiment and has an urgent request for the AUAS community: “Keep a close eye on your fellow students and colleagues. If you don't hear from them for a while, reach out to ask how they are doing. Take good care of yourselves and each other. This situation is far from ideal. However, the government is extending more possibilities to higher education than some other sectors. Let’s continue to make the most of this. Therefore: keep your face masks on, keep your distance, wash your hands often, stay home if you have complaints, get tested and so on. All so we can soon have more opportunities rather than fewer”.

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