Update #5 COVID-19
PLEASE NOTE: these updates may contain outdated information. Please read the latest information.
No confirmed case of infection
As of 4 March there is no confirmed case of infection with the coronavirus at UM. Currently, there are 25 students staying at home because of health problems AND because they have visited a high-risk area. These students are closely monitored. The university has daily contact with them by telephone.
Master’s Open Day to go ahead as planned
The Master's Open Day (MOD) scheduled for Saturday, March 7th will take place as planned. For students and staff at work during the event, this rule applies: if you are sick, stay at home.
Exams to go ahead
All exams will go ahead as planned.
The same guidelines apply here as they do for a normal study day: Do you have a cold or a fever? AND have you recently returned from a risk area OR have you been in contact with a patient with a confirmed infection with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks? If so, then stay at home for 2 days from the moment of the first symptoms. Within 1 to 2 days, based on the further development of disease symptoms, it will be clear whether the suspicion of infection with the coronavirus is justified, or whether the symptoms are due to a common cold or temperature change.
Students on exchange
Students who would go on exchange to parts of the world where code ‘red’ or ‘orange’ applies are not allowed to leave. In concrete terms, this now concerns approximately twenty students with whom the International Relations Officers (IROs) are in close contact. UM knows that about 20 students are already staying in a high-risk area. Staff of the faculty IROs are keeping in touch with these students.
Gangelt orange-coded area
In addition to the coronavirus-affected areas designated as such by RIVM, UM also considers the municipality of Gangelt (just across the border in Germany, adjacent to the eastern part of South Limburg) as a specific 'risk area'. That means:
that you are not allowed to go there for work or study purposes (in exceptional cases only with the permission of the dean of the faculty/ director of the Student Services Centre)
for students and staff who live there and/or have stayed there, that they must stay at home for 2 days if they have a fever or cold
Stricter travel advice for Italy
Since 3 March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sharpened its travel advice for northern Italy. Until now, most of Northern Italy had been given the colour code yellow; this has now been changed to orange (only necessary journeys). The UM Executive Board does not give permission to travel to this area for work or study. The stricter advice applies to Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino-South Tyrol, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Liguria. In these areas, there are many winter sports resorts, but also large cities such as Milan, Turin, Genoa and Venice.