Corona information in English

General informatie about the corona virus 

You can find information about corona and get tested in English on the Pharos website

Current measures

The government  announced stricter measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  The nationwide measures will go into effect at 22.00 on Wednesday 14 October. Between now and 27 October, the government will assess what measures are needed in the period after that.

The me asures as of Wednesday, 14 October at 22.00

At home

  • At home you may have no more than 3 visitors per day. Children under 13 do not count.

Groups

  •        Indoors and outdoors a group must have no more than 4 people from different households.
  •     There is no maximum number of people for a household. 

Work and education

  •     Work from home unless this is really not possible.
  •     If you are aged 13 or over, wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
  •     In secondary and higher education institutions (VO, MBO and HO) everyone must wear a face mask outside lessons. 

Restaurants and cafés

  •     All establishments that serve food and drinks must close. Takeaway will still be possible.
  •     Locations with a combined function must close the section that serves food and drinks. 

Exceptions are:

  •     Hotels for hotel guests
  •     Funeral locations
  •     Airports (after security) 

Food shopping

  •     Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. There will be no evening shopping.
  •     Grocery stores may stay open later. 

Alcohol and drugs

  •     No alcohol or soft drugs will be sold or delivered between 20.00 and 07.00.
  •     Between 20.00 and 07.00 you may not drink alcohol or use soft drugs or have them on your person in public spaces. 

Events

Events are banned, with the exception of:

  •     food markets
  •     trade fairs and conferences
  •     cinemas and theatres
  •     matches or competitions
  •     demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Assemblies Act 

Libraries, museums and other locations with a continuous flow of people

At locations where there is a continuous flow of people such as monuments, libraries and museums visitors must reserve a time slot This does not apply to retail stores and food markets.

Sports

    Taking part in sports is allowed.
    Taking part in individual sports or in team sports with no more than 4 people in total is allowed for anyone aged 18 if they keep a distance of 1.5 metres. 

What is not allowed:

    Matches and competitions are not permitted.
    Sports canteens and clubhouses, showers and changing rooms are closed. 

Exceptions are:

    elite athletes with a status at assigned locations (such as Papendal);
    football players (including support staff in a ‘bubble’) in the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie.
    children under 18 (taking part in team sports, including matches and competitions with teams within their own club) 

Travel

    Travel as little as possible.
    Stay at your holiday address as much as possible.
    Limited the number of outings and avoid busy places.
    For travel abroad see the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Information for student residences

Does the 1.5-metre distance rule apply in student houses?

Yes, because students are not classified as a joint household under the emergency ordinance.

Can I use common areas if I have cold or flu symptoms?

Try not to use the common areas if possible. If you must use these areas, always stay 1.5 metres away from others. If you and your housemates spend a lot of time together in common areas and someone has cold or flu symptoms, all housemates must stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

How many people am I allowed to visit?

A student house is currently allowed to receive 3 guests as a total group.

Can we sit as a group on the sidewalk in front of our house?

At this moment you are allowed to be outside with a total group of 4 people. 

Can we play soccer outside with our housemates?

At this moment you are allowed to play outside with a group of 4 persons in total. 

Adjusted services Wageningen

Visiting the municipal offices and Startpunt

Come alone and wear a face mask.

Due to the coronavirus measures, we ask visitors to town hall, Startpunt, and Werkpunt to wear a face mask. Municipal services visits are by appointment only and you cannot bring another person when visiting us. Do not bring your children with you, unless your visit pertains to a product for an underage child such as a passport.

The Town hall

The town hall is open for appointments only. Make an appointment online or by phone via 0317 – 49 29 11.

Startpunt

Startpunt information desk is open from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 – 17:00 and Friday from 9:00 – 13:00. When entering the building, we will ask you to fill in your contact details. For more information, call us on (0317-4)10160 or visit www.startpuntwageningen.nl

 

Who offers what sort of help during the corona crisis?

As a result of the coronavirus, we have been forced to change our daily routines. Because of the national measures that have come into effect, you might need help or support. Or there may be practical issues that you can no longer deal with as you once did. Or perhaps your children can no longer visit and you are often alone. Everyone experiences the consequences of the coronavirus in their own way. In Wageningen, you can contact various organisations for assistance. 

Do you have questions about your living situation, welfare, education, work, finances, healthcare, help and/or professional support?

Startpunt Wageningen

You can contact Startpunt if you have questions about your living situation, welfare, education, work, finances, healthcare, help and/or professional support. At Startpunt we maintain the corona measures. We therefore ask you to keep a distance of 1.5 metres and to disinfect your hands upon entry. If you cannot keep a 1.5 meter distance at the counter, we ask you to wait in the hall. 

Walk-in Youth and Family (Inloop Jeugd en Gezin)

The ‘Inloop Jeugd en Gezin’ can be reached every Friday from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm. Parents/educators and young people can ask questions about parenting and growing up in Wageningen.

Loaning care aids Medipoint

It is also possible again to borrow and return care aids such as a wheelchair or crutches via Startpunt. This is possible during the regular opening hours of Startpunt.

How to contact Startpunt

  • Monday to Thursday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm at telephone number: 0317-410160
  • WhatsApp: 06-22592434 
  • Email: startpunt@wageningen.nl

Corona help Wageningen

Due to the corona crisis, we have less contact with one another. So it is logical that you might need help in certain situations, especially if you do not leave your house. There are welfare professionals and more than 400 volunteers* from Wageningen who can help you by:

  • Doing your grocery shopping
  • Listening to your problems
  • Teaching you how to make a video call

Help needed?

The volunteers strictly follow the guidelines of the RIVM.

Telephone contact if you are often alone? 

Would you like to talk to someone or do you need a sympathetic ear or some advice? You can phone the Red Cross Helpline: 070 - 4455 888. This number is accessible from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm and on Saturday between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. 

Concerned about someone near you? 

Especially in this period, it is very important to pay attention to one another, because so many routine structures have disappeared or are organised differently. Sometimes you hear or see things about people around you that make you wonder if everything is okay. For example, the neighbours argue and fight a lot. Are you worried about someone around you? You can share your concerns with Startpunt at telephone number 0317-410160. And if you suspect domestic violence, you can phone Veilig Thuis 24/7 at: 0800-2000. You can find more information at: www.veiligthuis.nl

Emergency ordinance declared for region

You can find the emergency ordinance and more information on the VGGM website. This ordinance, which contains special regulations that apply in an emergency, was drafted by the chair of the Gelderland-Midden Security Region, Ahmed Marcouh. He does so on behalf of all mayors in the region, including the mayor of Wageningen. 
According to the ordinance, students are not considered to be part of the same household, which means the 1.5-metre rule also applies in student houses. 

Extra support for independent entrepreneurs in relation to the coronavirus

Temporary Bridging Scheme for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs (TOZO)

If you have a viable business and you are struggling financially due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible for the Temporary Bridging Scheme for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs (Tijdelijke overbruggingsregeling zelfstandig ondernemers, Tozo). The Tozo consists of two options: income support and a business loan. You can apply for one or both of these options. This scheme is also open to self-employed professionals. The regulation is based on the existing decree on income support for independent entrepreneurs (Besluit bijstandverlening zelfstandigen, Bbz), but with accelerated processing and payment.

The extended Tozo 3 scheme was introduced retroactively from 1 October 2020 and will be effective until 31 March 2021. The second scheme is open to all entrepreneurs, irrespective of whether they applied for Tozo 1 or 2. If you already applied for and received Tozo 1 or 2, you will have to apply separately for Tozo 3 to receive it. In this case the application process will be faster, as we already have your personal details. When you apply for the bridging scheme, you will also be granted immediate deferment of payment of your municipal taxes. You can apply for the Tozo 3 regulation on the website of the Municipality of Ede, which is responsible for granting the regulation on behalf of Wageningen. 

The conditions for requesting a business loan can also be found on this website. 

Information in other languages

You can find information about corona in other languages on the Pharos website. The Government of the Netherlands also has information on posters in other languages available (English, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Spanish en Papiamento). You can download these posters on the website of the Government of the Netherlands

Press conference in several languages

National helpdesk status holders

Status holders (refugees with a residence permit) who speak Arabic or Tigrinya who have questions about the corona or covid-19 crisis can call a national helpdesk free of charge at 085 - 580 88 00 (every working day between 2 pm and 4 pm). The helpdesk can answer their questions about corona in their own language.

Corona information in Dutch