Higher education closed at least until 19th of May

| HOP, Bas Belleman

The government's corona measures have been extended until the 19th of May. Colleges and universities therefore definitely cannot open earlier than that day, but will probably remain closed even longer.

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The most important news from the press conference of Prime Minister Rutte already leaked on Tuesday afternoon: primary schools will open after the May holiday. Pupils are then allowed to go back to school, half the time, in half-filled classrooms.

If everything goes well, secondary education will reopen from the 2nd of June. The schools will have to consider how education can be organized in accordance with the one meter and a half distance rule.

Advice

The advice of experts to the cabinet is to first see how this all works. After that universities and colleges might follow. But the government has not yet made a decision about this. Higher education was not discussed in the press conference yesterday.

Cafés, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will remain closed until May 19. Officially, that same date also applies to higher education, a spokesperson for the ministry said.

Universities and colleges have long anticipated that it will take longer. They do not expect to open this academic year, although the UT will continue to offer online education until 1st of June. Institutions are considering starting education at a distance of 1.5 meters from September.

Pinkpop

Events are prohibited until the 1st of September, announced Rutte. No professional football, no Zwarte Cross and no Pinkpop. It can therefore be deduced that the introduction weeks of universities and colleges, which usually take place at the end of August, must also be rescheduled or completely canceled.

The basic rules remain in force: stay at home as much as possible and work from home as much as possible. Keep social distance of at least a meter and a half.