Nieuwsbericht Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Groningen

Gepubliceerd op: 03 maart 2020 18:00

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began in the Wuhan region in China in December 2019. The virus can cause COVID-19 disease. The novel Coronavirus has spread globally and has also emerged in The Netherlands.

Last update: 31-3-2020 @ 7pm.

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The Measures

The Dutch government has announced measures to prevent further spread of the corona virus COVID-19. These measures are valid until the 28th of April and may be extended when needed.

These are them measures: 

  • Stay at home as much as you can.
  • Work from home if at all possible.
  • Stay home if you have a cold, cough, sore throat, or fever.
  • Keep 1,5 meter distance from others.
  • All events and meetings will be canceled until June 1st.

All these estabilshments will remain closed:

  • Sports clubs and fitness clubs
  • Saunas, sex clubs, and coffeeshops
  • All restaurants, cafes and bars.
  • Hairdressers, nail salons and beauticians

Schools, daycare and universities:

  • Primary schools, secondary schools, secondary vocational schools (MBO) and childcare centres remain closed.
  • Children whose parents are in a vital occupation like health care, police, public transportation, and emergency services are exempted from the school closures. They can bring their children to school or daycare as they normally would. There will be no additional cost.
  • If only one of the parents is working in a vital occupation then we request you to try and arrange for your children to stay at home with the other parent. If this is not possible then your regular school or daycare center is available to you as well.
  • Teachers will provide education for children at home through the internet. Children who are up for exams in secondary schools and secondary vocational schools (MBO) will be given priority.
  • This document (only available in Dutch) gives more information about daycare for critical occupations.

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These basic hygiene measures will help prevent the virus from spreading:

  • Wash your hands with soap regularly
  • Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
  • Use paper handkerchief
  • Don't shake hands when you greet someone
  • Keep 1,5 meter distance from others

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I am sick, should I call my doctor?

If you have, mild respiratory complaints such as a cold or cough and a fever then you do not need to contact your doctor. You also do not need to be tested for the COVID-19 virus.

Stay at home, recover and make sure you don't infect others like with any other virus.

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When should you call your doctor?

If you had mild respiratory complaints such as a cold or cough and a fever but you are also having more and more difficulty breathing then you should contact your doctor. If your symptoms seem to get worse and worse then it's also a good idea to contact your doctor.

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Do you want to visit an event?

All public events that need a government permit are being cancelled until june 1st. This probably means that your event will be cancelled too. There are few exceptions but if you are visiting an event then please monitor your own health. If you have even (mild) symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath) or a fever please do not visit any events. Stay home until you are better and have been without any symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Paasvuren (Easter fires) are not allowed

To limit the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, the granted exemptions and permits for igniting Easter fires in the Groningen region will be withdrawn. The mayors of all Groningen municipalities agreed to this on Monday 23 March 2020.

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Do you want to travel?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advicing residents not to travel abroad at the moment unless it's absolutely necessary. You can find the travel advice here.

If you have any travel plans contact your travel agency. They will be able to discuss any changes regarding your travel plans.

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Relief for businesses

The government is taking steps to help businesses who struggle because of these measures. Please consult the website of the Kamer van Koophandel to see what help your business can get.

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Hang our posters or graphics

If you want to get a breath of fresh air or want to go to the super market, keep a distance of 1.5 meters. You can also share this message yourself! Print our poster and hang it in plain sight, for example on the window, to make others aware of the importance of taking 1.5 meters away! Do it for yourself and for your environment.

Poster infographic a3 English

Download the posters

More information?

• National coronavirus information number 0800-1351. Available from 8.00 am till 8.00 pm.
• Current healthinformation via RIVM
• For current travel advice, please visit the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation updates for Europe, can be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC.

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