Zuyd and the coronavirus
On this page you will find news and information about the coronavirus and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.
- Frequently asked questions are collected in an overview. Take a look at the frequently asked questions page.
- The news items about corona of the past months are collected on the page corona news.
- Students and staff can find the most up-to-date information on Zuydnet (not accessible to external parties). Also check the Facebook pages of Zuyd.
- Do you still have a question after reading this page and the FAQs? At the bottom of this page you will find an overview with contact details.
Latest news (15 december)
Corona update: extension of lockdown no new consequences for higher education | 13 January
In his press conference on Tuesday 12 January, Prime Minister Rutte announced that the lockdown in the Netherlands will be extended by three weeks. This means til monday 8 February for higher education. This extension has no new consequences for higher education, and thus also for Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. This means that the tests scheduled on location will continue as usual. The same applies to practical education, of course with due regard for all the rules and agreements concerning the duty to wear a mouth mask and a distance of 1.5 metres. Vulnerable students can also continue to make use of certain study facilities in consultation with the study programme and/or the student counsellor. Theory education will continue to be provided online.
Staff and students who do not need to be on location to teach or follow practical education or other necessary activities, work and study at home. If you have to come to Zuyd for a test or practical training, please observe the following rules: stay at home in case of complaints and have yourself tested immediately, keep one and a half metres distance, wear a mouth mask, sneeze into your elbows and wash your hands thoroughly.
Zuyd assumes, partly with a view to the continuity of education, that the current measures in higher education will remain in force for the time being. Should the situation change, this will obviously be announced as soon as possible. The information will be updated as soon as possible. Only if we all follow the guidelines will we hopefully be able to return to normal soon.
COVID-19 infections | 11 January
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 2 students tested positive for COVID-19. This is a further decrease compared to the weeks before, in which 5, 9 and 37 students tested positive, respectively. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.
Corona update: impact lockdown on Zuyd limited | 15 December
Prime Minister Rutte announced a lockdown in his speech on Monday evening, 14 December. This lockdown will last until at least 19 January. For the higher education sector and therefore also for Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the decisions have a particular impact on theory education. In fact, the situation will be the same as it was on 15 June, when the tests and practical education were restarted on location.
This means that the tests planned on location will continue as usual. The same applies to practical training, of course with due observance of all the rules and agreements concerning face masks and a distance of 1.5 metres.
On the other hand, the theory courses will be back online as of Wednesday 16 December. Please also keep an eye on the information of your own study programme, via the study programme information (only for Zuyd students and staff) on Zuydnet or via e-mail.
Necessary travel movements to reach the education will remain permitted. This means that students and staff who live across the border and have to go to Zuyd (and back) for practical education or a test can continue to travel back and forth, in compliance with the government regulations that already apply. For work placements abroad, the situation is more nuanced: the central government urgently advises against travelling to countries with a code orange or red. Zuyd also strongly advises against travelling to these countries. Moreover, given the seriousness of the situation, Zuyd does not recognise a foreign work placement in an orange or red area as an educational activity.
The Zuyd restaurants that are open will remain open after 15 December. Just like now, they serve as a distribution point. This means that orders can only be taken and may not be consumed in the seating area.
All libraries will remain closed during lockdown. Library Ligne in Sittard, from Tuesday 15 December only functions as 'takeaway library'. For more information, please visit https://bibliotheek.zuyd.nl/ . Only vulnerable students can make use of the study facilities. Students are advised to discuss this with their study programme management.
As of 16 December, it will no longer be possible to organise a graduation ceremony at a Zuyd or external location. Other meetings and events not related to practical education, such as Christmas meetings, cannot take place either. Neither inside nor outside Zuyd.
Students and employees who do not need to be on location for practical training or other necessary activities study and work from home. If you have to come to Zuyd for a test or practical training, follow the rules: stay home in case of complaints of illness and get tested immediately, keep a distance of one and a half metres, wear a face mask, sneeze in your elbows and wash your hands regularly.
For more information, go to the corona page, the location page and the Frequently Asked Questions section on Zuydnet (only for students and staff). The information will be updated as soon as possible. Only if we all follow the guidelines, we will hopefully soon be able to return to the normal situation. Or as Bart Storcken sings:#HoueenBeppieafstand (‘#KeepaBeppiedistance’).
COVID-19 infections | 2 November
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 16 students tested positive for COVID-19. In the week from 19 until 26 October, 29 students tested positive. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.
Students in home isolation | 22 October
An infection with COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 23 first-year students of Hotel Management School Maastricht.
The first-year students live in student residences near the hotel school on the campus, which are exploited by real estate manager Holland2Stay. They stay in home insulation in their rooms until there is no more contagiousness. The students show mild to no complaints.
The Municipal Health Service (GGD) has started a source and contact enquiry. Currently, most students are at their home address elsewhere and only a limited number of first-year students are staying in the student housing. As far as we know, none of them show any symptoms.
The Hotel School has decided to offer full online education after the autumn holidays for the time being for the students concerned (who started in September).
For students and staff who are not personally approached by the GGD, it is not necessary to take any additional measures at this time. However, they must remain alert for symptoms. If you are in doubt or if you get corona-related health problems, you are asked to contact the GGD Zuid-Limburg for a free coronary test: 088-8805005.
The Hotel School and Holland2Stay have once again asked all students and staff to adhere to the guidelines and also to take their own responsibility to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
COVID-19 infections | 21 October
The GGD Zuid-Limburg has informed Zuyd University of Applied Sciences that last week 12 students tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the GGD Zuid-Limburg does not provide any information about the number of students who have been cured by now.
Contact persons Zuyd
- Visitors, parents and relations: contact Zuyd by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students: contact your study programme or send an email: email@example.com (mention your study programme!).
- Teachers/staff: contact your head of programme/manager or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Head of programme/managers: consult Zuydnet for relevant contacts and contact details.
- Journalists: contact Rolf van Stenus on 06 2375 7221 or via email@example.com.
Other contact details and websites
Zuyd follows the guidelines of the government, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel advice) and the Vereniging Hogescholen (association of Dutch universities of applied sciences).
- GGD Zuid Limburg: 088-880 5005
- Website GGD South Limburg about new coronavirus (Covid-19) [in Dutch]
- Website RIVM about new coronavirus (Covid-19), frequently asked questions
- Website Dutch Government, frequently asked questions about coronavirus and education [in Dutch]
- Website Travel Advice Foreign Affairs [in Dutch]