Living in Groningen as an expat, student or are you stuck in Groningen? Wel’ll try to make your life a bit easier by giving you English information about the development of corona in our province. Measures against the spread of the coronavirus are applied since Thursday 12 March 2020 and here’s what you need to think of:

Stay at home if you’ve got these symptoms

Everyone in the Netherlands, so also Groningen, should stay at home if you have any of these symptoms: a cold, cough, sore throat or fever. You should also avoid social contacts. Don’t call your doctor until symptoms worsen.

GGD-doctor keeps saying it: keep your distance and stay inside with any symptoms.

Those who walk, cycle or drive through Groningen will still see plenty of people playing or exercising and people are queuing at the hardware store. Not surprising, because the Netherlands did not lock like Italy or Spain. But what is possible and what is not?

“That one-and-a-half meter distance greatly reduces the risk of the virus spreading from one person to another,” our Prime Minister Mark Rutte, our said.

Events in Groningen

All events with more than 100 people won’t take place until the end of March. The Dutch cabinet announced it last week as an important measure against the dangerously fast advancing coronavirus.

Here’s a (Dutch) list with the names of events that have been canceled.

Work at home if you can

People throughout the Netherlands are called upon to work from home as much as possible or to spread working hours.

Vulnerable people and corona

For vulnerable persons: (the elderly and people with reduced resistance) avoid large groups and public transport.

Albert Heijn will set up a so-called shopping hour for people older than 70 years. They can do their grocery shopping from Monday to Monday between 07:00 and 08:00 on working days. Ay 8 am, the supermarket will open for others.

Residents of nursing homes may no longer receive visitors from March 19th. With these measures, the cabinet hopes to protect the elderly who live there against the corona virus.

Working in health care?

For healthcare personnel and personnel in vital processes, here’s what to think of: do not stay home until you have symptoms and a fever. If necessary, consult with your employer. And also: do not travel abroad. Your help is badly needed.

Schools

Schools in primary, secondary and secondary vocational education simply remain open: there are few infections there and the environment is less international. Moreover, children and young people do not form a group with the highest risks.

Colleges and universities are requested to offer education online instead of large-scale lectures.

In addition, the social consequences of closing these schools are said to be significant and little contributes to limiting the spread. Children who have a cold should stay at home.

Traveling abroad and out of Groningen? Check the latest over here:

Sources

GGD, RIVM and Netherlandsworldwide.nl