COVID-19 updates

Over the past few weeks, Maastricht University has continuously informed its students and staff about the most recent developments in connection with the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Below you will find a summary of this information.

Update #3: 1 March - sharper advice

The RIVM sharpens its advice and UM closely follows this advice. People who recently returned from a coronavirus-affected area (mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Iran or North Italy (Aosta Valley, Trentino-South Tyrol, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Piedmont)) AND have any symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath, should stay home until further notice.

Students who are forced to miss education due to the advice of the RIVM and therefore cannot meet “required attendance” policies will be excused from this requirement. In the coming days the specific details of UM policy regarding the above will be confirmed.

  Read the full update #3

Update #2: 26 February - the virus has spread to other areas

By now, the coronavirus has spread to Northern Italy and other parts of the world. The Executive Board therefore adjusts its advice with the following notification: the Executive Board expects that under the current circumstances work and/or study cannot give cause to travel to China, parts of Northern Italy and other parts of the world where code ‘red’ or ‘orange’ applies.

Exceptions for staff and students to travel there anyway have to be submitted for approval to the Executive Board after receiving prior consent from the faculty dean or director of the service centre. The advice is to follow the most recent travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  Read the full update #2

Update #1: 29 January - information after first outbreak in China

The Executive Board advises staff and students NOT to travel to Wuhan/Hubei and to only visit other parts of China if that is absolutely necessary. On the website, an overview is published of the symptoms and precautions.

The advice is to follow the most recent information of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and to read the FAQ that are assembled and answered by this institute.

People who return from China are advised to monitor possible symptoms. Do they have symptoms, then they should stay home and immediately contact their General Practitioner (GP). If they are diagnosed with the virus, they have to notify UM as soon as possible.

The first UM-specific FAQ and relevant contact details for students and staff are published.