OWL measures due to COVID-19- Updated 12 August
The upcoming OWL will be one like we have never had before. The unique circumstances of today, because of COVID-19, require extra attention to health and safety for everyone involved in the introduction week. Only if we all adhere to these rules will we be able to have a safe physical OWL. Below we elaborate on the measures we have taken, as by Dutch government and university rule, and what is expected from participants so we can all enjoy a fun and carefree time
What precautions have we as an organization taken during the physical introduction week?
- The OWL programme is on the basis of modules. Some of the events are only offered online. You will have only few group-based activities. All other activities are either online or based on individual sign-up, which means they have strict shifts and limited capacity.
- The group-based activities are never with more than 100 people at the same location at the same time.(This number includes Guides, staff and crew)
- Activities take place outdoors as much as possible in spacious areas, where possible with allotted spaces to maintain ample distance.
- We have taken organized meals out of the programme as these form the biggest logistical and hygienic risks. The schedule should give you more than enough opportunities to provide for your own meals.
- Drinking alcohol during the week is not permitted
- All physical activities must end before 22.00hrs. This means we have had to decide to cancel our physical evening activities
- All university buildings use routes and have sanitary posts at the entrances.
- Guides have been thoroughly instructed to provide the group with the best possible guidance on hygiene and safety measures.
- The groups have been reduced to a maximum size of 12-14 people, including 2 guides, so that you can walk freely in the city and maintain the 1.5 meter guideline.
- Every participant will receive hand sanitizer and a facemask at the beginning of the week.
- There are crew members who clean everything regularly at the events.
What is expected of you during the physical introduction week?
- At all times: Keep a distance of 1,5 meters (4.92 ft.) away from everybody else. This includes your fellow group members and Guides.
- If you experience any complaints similar to a cold, a cough, shortness of breath, an increase in body temperature or fever, or sudden pain or /and loss of taste, stay home! Even if it is just one of these complaints and it feels very innocent to you, we take it very seriously and strongly request you not to attend the OWL activities. (Do remember to inform your Guides).
- If you feel fine in the morning but one or more of the afore mentioned symptoms occur during the day, inform your guides and go home. If needed, they will help you to get home safely.
- Stay with your group and stick to your shifts at all times. Do not join up with other groups who also roam the city as larger groups make it more difficult to maintain the required distance.
- If an optional sign-up shift is full, do not come anyway. We have strict maximum capacity and you will be turned away on location.
- Wash or disinfect your hands as often as possible!
- If you cannot suppress a sneeze or cough (perhaps you suffer from allergies or hay fever) please try to sneeze in your elbow or make sure you cover your mouth. If needed, wash your hands!
- Respect the “no alcohol” rule during all OWL activities: it is a strict regulation set by the Dutch government that we all have to comply to, to be allowed to have this physical introduction programme!
- Listen to any directions from the OWL organisation: We can only have a physical OWL if we all stick to the safety rules.