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Policy and corona measures

Like all other Dutch universities, the UG is following the guidelines and measures set out by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the Cabinet concerning the coronavirus pandemic. We are also in regular contact with the Veiligheidsregio Groningen (Safety Region Groningen) and the Municipal Health Service of Groningen and Friesland (GGD). We may take extra measures should this become necessary.

Corona measures
Prevention is obviously better than cure. The following basic general rules therefore apply to people entering UG buildings:

  • We strongly urge everyone to work from home, unless this is truly not possible. Discuss this with your manager.
  • The maximum group size is 75 persons per room. Exams are exempt. Lectures with more than 75 people attending will be held online.
  • As from Saturday 6 November, wearing a face mask is mandatory when moving through UG buildings.
  • We are calling on all staff and students to use a free self-test twice a week. Free self-tests are available via
  • Please continue to follow the basic rules, stay at home and get tested if you show any symptoms resembling those of COVID-19.

The latest UG coronavirus-update

Note: The closing hours of, among other things, the food and drink services, gyms, and cultural organizations have been changed to 5 p.m. Teaching activities after 5 p.m. may continue.

Infection protocol
The UG protocol for people who are infected with the coronavirus was updated. Here is a short summary.
The following guidelines/measures apply to individual infections in students:

  • The Municipal Health Service (GGD) contacts the employee or student and carries out the source and contact investigation in the category 'close contacts' or the category 'housemates'. For all 'other contacts', the employee or student concerned receives a set of information from the Municipal Health Service (GGD), with the request to share this among the contacts concerned.
  • We ask employees and students to voluntarily report if they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Employees report this to their direct supervisor and students to the study programme.
  • It is possible that the employee or student who has tested positively is asked to inform all contacts by means of a set of information letters from the Municipal Health Service (GGD).

The guidelines above also apply to suspected sources of infection, along with the following additional measures:

  • The UG will contact the GGD and/or Safety Region to discuss the measures that need to be taken.
  • The UG Crisis Team (CT) and the Board of the University are authorized to make decisions about the measures proposed by the GGD or the Safety Region.
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