City of Utrecht Letter from mayor to students

April 23, 2020

As the mayor of all students in Utrecht, I want to say a few words to you. Because these are strange and difficult times. You haven't been to university or college for weeks, you haven't played football or volleyball at your club, you can't go to the cafe or study society with friends. Some of you don't have a side job anymore and unfortunately there is no festival to look forward to this summer.

You used to plan your studies between your other activities, so to speak, but now you are mainly at home. Fortunately, you are creative, even now, in keeping in touch with each other. You help each other to make life more cheerful and fun. With online pub quizzes, watching Netflix and virtual get-togethers together. In terms of side jobs you see new, virtual, possibilities. That support for each other and creativity is something I appreciate enormously. You also like to see one other ‘live’. Sure, you already know it, but I will say it again: always maintain a distance of 1.5 metres and do not meet in a group outside. After all, even if you are roommates, you don't form a household. Also make wise choices in your house. A party with visitors can be seen as a gathering and is unfortunately not allowed. It is what it is.

Dear Utrechters,
For weeks now, we have been living in special circumstances that demand a great deal from you. For the sake of our health and that of others, we persevere and are strong. So that we can exit this bizarre time step by step.
I wish you all the best and thank you for your understanding and patience. Together, we are Utrecht. Also now. Especially now.

Yours sincerely,
Mayor and aldermen of Utrecht

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