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Coronavirus updates

This page is updated regularly; the latest update is at the top.

In a press conference on 23 March, the government announced that the lockdown will be extended until 20 April. We had hoped that the current measures for higher education might be eased, but unfortunately the current infection rate does not allow for this. This means that the measures at our university will continue to apply until that date. 

Measures extended until 20 April

The lockdown has been extended, which means that the measures for our students and staff have also been extended until 20 April. Our teaching will therefore continue to be online, and our staff should continue to work from home as much as possible. The situations for which an exception applies can be found in our previous update.

Curfew one hour later from 31 March

As of 31 March the curfew will begin one hour later, at 22.00. Where possible, the opening hours of our buildings will be adjusted accordingly. Check the location pages to find the opening times for your location (e.g. for a study space).

Negative travel advice extended until 15 May

The government’s advice not to travel abroad has been extended until 15 May. We strongly urge our students and staff to heed this advice. In exceptional cases, you can request permission for a business or study trip abroad. See the student and staff websites for the procedure.

Online teaching until 26 April at least, preparations being made for a gradual reopening of the university

In the press conference on 23 March, the government announced that, if the figures permit, higher education will be able to return to the situation before the lockdown in mid-December, with effect from 26 April. The governement also mentioned the possible use of rapid self-tests by students. Whether and if so how these will actually be implemented will become clearer in the coming weeks. These self-tests will not be compulsory and we will not be checking their use. If the university is indeed able to reopen, the current measures will still apply: do the corona check before coming to the university, keep a distance of one and a half metres from other people and wear a face mask when moving around the buildings (see the campus protocol).

Although much is still unclear and it is by no means certain that we will be able to resume on-campus teaching – at least in part – from 26 April, we are happy with this prospect. In the coming weeks, we will be preparing for a return to the university and working out how this can best be implemented.
 

We are pleased with the prospect of an easing of the measures in higher education after 31 March, as the government described in its last press conference. The government will announce its definitive decision on 23 March. We will then determine what exactly this means for our students and staff.

The government announced on 8 March that it was extending some coronavirus measures and easing others. This means the following for our students and staff:

Curfew extended until 31 March

The curfew has been extended until 04:30 on 31 March. This means that the temporary opening times for our buildings will continue to apply until then. For the current opening times of our buildings, please see the locations page.

Restrictions eased on outdoor sport

A few weeks ago, the restrictions on outdoor sport were eased for anyone up to the age of 26. In its press conference on March 8, the government also eased the restrictions for people aged 27 and above. From March 16, they will be able to do outdoor sports in groups of up to four, provided they maintain a distance of 1.5 metres; this is at sports venues only. Competitions are still prohibited, but they will be able to play with their own team at their own club. This will mean more options for team sports at the University Sports Centre and student sport associations. For more information see the USC website.

The government announced on 23 February that it was extending some coronavirus measures and easing others. This means the following for our students and staff:

Curfew extended until 15 March

The curfew has been extended until 04:30 on 15 March. This means that the temporary opening times for our buildings will continue to apply until then. For the current opening times of our buildings, please see the locations page.

Restrictions eased on outdoor sport

From 3 March, anyone up to the age of 26 will be able to do outdoor sports in groups of more than two; this is at sports venues only. Although competitions are still prohibited, they will be able to play with their own team at their own club. This will mean more options for team sports at the University Sports Centre and student sport associations. More information at the USC website

On 8 February 2021 the government decided to extend the curfew until 2 March. During this period you may not leave your home between 21:00 and 04:30.

For Leiden University this means that the buildings (and as a result the study spaces) will close earlier. We are therefore extending the measures announced in our update on 22 January.

The government has extended the lockdown in the Netherlands up to and including 2 March, which means the measures implemented on 15 December will apply for longer.

Teaching online up to and including 19 March
The decision has been taken that all teaching will be online up to and including 19 March. This is longer than the current lockdown period. The reason is that this makes it clear for both students and teachers what they can expect for the rest of this teaching block. It also gives teachers some certainty so they can organise and prepare their teaching. The current exceptions for small-scale practical lessons and mentor and tutor meetings will still apply. Some programmes may organise small-scale in-person teaching activities in March.  Communication on this will come from the faculties.

All other measures for our students and staff, as described in the update from 15 December, will also apply up to and including 2 March.

Curfew
In the coming days, the government will decide whether or not the curfew will be extended. Once this decision has been taken, we will inform you through this page what it will mean for the opening hours of our buildings. So please follow our updates.

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