Update 24 March: curfew 1 hour later and face-to-face education
Extension of lockdown and curfew
The government has extended the current lockdown up to and including 21 April. The curfew will also remain in place, but from 31 March it will begin 1 hour later. In other words, from that day on, no one is permitted to be outside between 10.00 p.m. and 4.30 a.m.
Avans students and staff who have to travel after the start of curfew for tests, practicals or lab work need to carry their own personal curfew statement from the government. Staff also need an employer’s statement. To request this statement, send an email to the HR Desk, copying in your supervisor. Students will receive a statement from the Avans invigilator or lecturer.
LocHal opens its doors to students
Following the example of the libraries in Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch, LocHal in Tilburg is now also offering students a place to study. Every day, spaces will be available to 100 students under the age of 28. Those who wish to make use of this offer can book a seat between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon but only for the following day. It is not possible to reserve a seat for later in the week. Of course, all general Covid guidelines will apply in LocHal. Bookings can be made by phone on 013 – 464 85 90.
At the latest government press conference with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, plans emerged to enable students in higher education to have face-to-face education one day a week as soon as possible. The earliest date given was Monday, 26 April but the plans can only go ahead if infection rates allow and on condition that self-testing is available to students.
The government wants to introduce self-testing in higher education from mid-April. More details are due to be released soon. Avans University of Applied Sciences is already participating in a pilot project to see if home testing can enable the safe reintroduction of face-to-face education.