Lockdown: don’t come to the UT if not necessary

| Redactie

The Netherlands is in hard lockdown from today until 19 January 2021. For the University of Twente this means: do not come to campus unless absolutely necessary. Buildings will not be closed, but employees and students should stay at home as much as possible.

The UT informed about the new measures in an email sent this morning. In it, the university asks everyone to not come to campus unless it is absolutely necessary in order to minimise the number of contacts and the number of travel movements.

Education will take place online with a few exceptions. Students are allowed to come to the UT for exams and practicals, as well as to use lab facilities for their bachelor's or master's thesis project. Tutoring of vulnerable students can also continue in person.

Researchers can continue to use labs on campus, while following existing corona measures. This also applies to external users of UT lab facilities.

While buildings generally remain open, most facilities on campus will be closed. The Sport Centre, Bastille and Pakkerij will all need to close their doors for the next five weeks. Study associations will not be allowed to use their spaces in UT buildings. The library will remain open for self-study, but students still need to make reservations for using it.

Due to the national lockdown, all schools and childcare facilities in the Netherlands will be closed until 18 January 2021. Staff involved in teaching – which is considered a crucial profession – can use primary schools and daycare for their children. Other employees should consult their supervisor if they have trouble with combining childcare and work at the moment. The UT is looking into whether more structural support for parents is needed for the period after the holidays.

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