Update 27 January: new rules regarding face masks and more

27 January 2022

On Tuesday evening the cabinet announced that the coronavirus measures would be relaxed. Several changes will also apply to Avans University of Applies Sciences.

New rules regarding face masks

From 26 January, new rules apply regarding face masks. Students and employees must wear a face mask within the Avans buildings if they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres or if they are moving through the buildings. They may take the face mask off when they sit down and can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others. A disposable face mask (type II) is preferred.


The hospitality industry in the Netherlands is allowed to open up again, subject to certain conditions. The Avans canteens will be open according to their regular opening hours. The Grand Cafés will also be open again. Visitors will have a designated seat and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others. A coronavirus entry pass is not required here.

Working from Home

The government recommendation to work from home will not change (as of yet): work from home unless there is no other option. We understand that colleagues are very eager to meet again on location: for a brainstorming session or a meeting, or simply to be back with your fellow staff members. However, that is not yet allowed, because we are following the government recommendation to work from home. As soon as more is allowed, we will make that possible immediately.

Until then, only lecturers who are scheduled for in-person meetings with students, such as lectures and colleagues with location-specific work activities, are permitted to work on site.

Necessary meetings will be allowed

Given the relaxations that apply to other sectors, we see room to allow certain necessary meetings on location. As long as they take place within the applicable guidelines, such as maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres. We realise that we will sometimes be stepping into a grey area here, but we expect that everyone will accept their responsibility and act accordingly. Discuss what is considered as necessary with your supervisor as well.

Last updated on 27 January 2022.