Following new cabinet guidelines, the UvA has requested that all staff and students work from home until 20 October unless unable. Furthermore ‘nothing will change for education and research’ and masks will not be mandatory.
Although the new cabinet measures do not apply to the education sector, the UvA has reconsidered its corona policy for the next three weeks. This has resulted in a number of new measures though much remains the same.
The restriction on group sizes (a maximum of 30 people inside and 40 people outside) does not apply, planned on-campus education remains unchanged, student desks and libraries remain open and graduation ceremonies, graduation ceremonies and symposiums can continue under the current protocols and guidelines. All meetings not related to education or research cannot take place until 20 October.
UvA employees are asked to work from home. Gatherings such as brainstorming sessions will take place online. Exceptions apply to employees who are unable to work from home, as was the case in March and April.
Not a public space
Masks will not be mandatory at UvA locations as the university is not regarded as a ‘publicly accessible space,’ although employees and students may choose to wear a mask. The rest of the corona rules remain in force: keep a safe distance, do not take the elevator but the stairs if possible, reserve your study spot and follow instructions, walking routes and hygiene regulations.
The University Sports Centre (USC) strongly advises its members to wear a mouth mask upon arrival, in corridors and in changing rooms; although masks can be removed when entering the sports halls. The maximum group size of 30 people does not apply to sports facilities. Eetcafe Oerknal in sports centre Universum and Café Amstelcampus will close following government rules. The USC previously started a donation campaign to draw attention to the loss of income due to the corona crisis.