City of Utrecht Students and coronavirus

Social distancing is still essential

Many students have questions about which rules apply to them. There is a distinction between outside situations (public spaces) and situations in the student house and its gardens, balconies, rooftop terraces or galleries.

In public spaces

  • The same rules apply to students as to everyone else in public spaces. This also applies to students who live together, as students are not covered by the definition of "same household" as intended in the Emergency Ordinance.
  • The term "same household" is meant to allow families with children or resident parents or grandparents to go outside together. There will be no exceptions to this, as that would be directly at odds with the idea of social distancing and would give the wrong signal to the rest of society.
  • Common gardens, balconies and galleries in and around student houses are considered public spaces if they are open to everyone, which is usually the case. As such, the rule on staying 1.5 metres away from others and the ban on gatherings (such as barbecues or parties) also apply here.
  • Students are advised to stay at home (at a single location, i.e. in the student house or with parents) as much as possible and to only use public transport when there is no other option.

In and around the student house

  • The student house is not a public space. The general advice is still to stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other inside as much as possible. We understand that this is not always possible in a student house in practice.
  • We also advise students to limit the number of visitors to a maximum of three per student house, and to maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other during visits. Large numbers of visitors, such as parties, are considered a gathering; such violations will be dealt with strictly.
  • These rules also apply to the garden, balcony, gallery or rooftop terrace insofar as they are part of the student house, i.e. they are part of the same address, are only used by the residents of that address and are not publicly accessible. The ban on gatherings also applies here; picnics or barbecues with large number of people are not permitted.

In closing: social distancing remains essential in dealing with the coronavirus. There may always be situations which do not fit in perfectly with the coronavirus countermeasures, hence the call to continue to use common sense, in line with the government guidelines.

Click here for a video message from Mayor Jan van Zanen to the students of Utrecht.