Guide lines for student houses
We have seen that the number of COVID-19 infections has been high for a while in our region and we are very concerned about this development. It is clear that student housing is, in particular, an obvious area for increased infections. DUWO wants to provide as much support as possible to help protect your own health, that of your fellow residents, our employees, and also the health of your family and acquaintances. We are doing this in our role as a student housing corporation, but you also not only have a responsibility for you own health, but for those in your immediate environment!!
Government and RIVM guidelines [National Institute for Public Health and the Environment]
The government and RIVM have issued guidelines for social interaction in student houses. Based on these guidelines, emergency rules have been drawn up by the Safety Regions. These also apply to students in non-self-contained student housing with shared facilities. DUWO regularly receives inquiries from student housing residents about these rules.
Under these rules and the explicit instructions from the Safety Regions, students in these student houses must not form a ‘joint household’. An sole exception applies to spouses, registered partners or other life partners and parents, grandparents and children, provided they all live at one address.
We must do this together. This is why we are reminding you once again; please take all government advice seriously:
- no more than 3 visitors per housing unit are allowed to meet;
- always avoid busy areas in your own building;
- remember to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres;
- very important: this way you do not run the risk of a fine and a criminal record;
- if you have symptoms, get tested;
- if you have tested positive, you and your housemates must isolate immediately; do not allow any visitors in.
- if you have health problems, avoid visits and if someone does come to the door, make it clearly understood that you or a housemate have health problems.
Do you have any symptoms?
Get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild. Mild symptoms include a cold or a runny nose. Don't wait until you think you are becoming quite ill, but immediately contact the GGD [Municipal Health Service] to book a test. You can do this by calling 0800-1202, or via the www.coronatest.nl website. After you have been tested, you must stay at home until you have received your test results. If someone in your surroundings, for example a housemate, has symptoms which include fever and respiratory problems, you must stay at home. Wait until that person has received their test results. If their test is negative, then no further restrictions apply. If their test is positive, then you must stay at home and self-isolate. So, only have a test if you have symptoms yourself. If you do not develop any symptoms yourself, the self-isolating period is up to 10 days after the last unprotected contact with your infected housemate.
Outdoors, in other words public areas, you should always maintain a distance of 1.5 metres, even from your own housemates. So, don't go outdoors with everyone on your floor for a game of football or to eat together outside.
Working together towards a COVID-19 free era
Across the various regions, the government, GGD [Municipal Health Service], educational institutions and students are now all working together to reduce the number of infections among students in the private sector. DUWO supports this cooperation. You can find more information about this in the letter written by the Delft students, and the advice given on the poster which has been put up in most buildings.
We hope to continue to work together with all parties. Because of corona, we are currently living in an extraordinary world, which means there are many reasons why we should be tolerant and take good care of each other. Let's help each other and do everything that's required to work together to eradicate corona. It won't be easy, but this is how we can all contribute to make the world COVID-19 free, a world in which we will slowly regain our freedom.
See below for more information and detailed tips: