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Here you can find het most current news updates about the coronavirus in Fryslân.

Week 22 - May 25th until May 31th

Update 28th of May: Press conference of 27 May and current roadmap of measures against coronavirus

Press conference of 27 May: current roadmap of measures against coronavirus

The main points of the timetable for relaxing the measures in place to tackle coronavirus in the Netherlands will remain unchanged. This was decided by the government on Wednesday 27 May 2020. Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke about the outcome of government deliberations at a subsequent press conference.

On 1 June several measures will be relaxed, including for groups, cafés, bars and restaurants, schools and cultural institutions. The basic rules still apply: wash your hands, keep a distance of 1.5 metres, avoid busy places, stay at home if you have symptoms and work from home as much as possible. All the information can be found on www.government.nl/coronavirus.

Developments permitting, more measures will be relaxed on 1 July. The government has added several categories to the list of locations set to reopen on that date, namely gyms and fitness centres, saunas and spas, clubhouses, casinos and amusement arcades. These locations were previously expected to reopen on 1 September. The basic rules and additional measures will of course apply at these locations too. A definite decision on this matter will be taken at the end of June, when the situation regarding other indoor sports activities will also be considered.

Outdoor sports activities for under 18s

From 1 June young people aged 13 to 18 will be allowed to take part in organised sports activities outdoors under the supervision of sports clubs or professionals, without keeping a distance of 1.5 metres. This is already the case for children aged 12 and under. Competitions and matches will remain prohibited.

Testing in the case of mild symptoms, including loss of smell or taste

From 1 June, anyone with mild symptoms that may point to coronavirus will be able to phone a national hotline and make an appointment to be tested by the municipal health service (GGD). If we are to keep the virus under control now and in the weeks and months ahead, extensive testing and source and contact tracing are crucial. Loss of smell or taste have been added to the list of symptoms that may point to a coronavirus infection.

Summer holidays

The government hopes to be able to provide more information next week about the summer holiday months. It is however already certain that the basic rules as they apply now will still apply in July and August.

Keeping the virus under control

The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. Thanks to people complying with the measures, the situation has improved. The figures show a positive trend and so we can move step by step towards having more freedom.

The government has started by relaxing restrictions at local or neighbourhood level. This has made our roads and public transport busier. In July, restrictions will be relaxed at regional level and after that at national level. First small gatherings are allowed, and later larger gatherings, so that everything remains as manageable and orderly as possible.

Each step can only be taken if the virus stays under control. This must be done with great care. If circumstances require, any decision to relax measures will be reversed.

Week 21 - May 18th until May 24th

Update 20th of May, 2020: The next step

Tackling coronavirus: the next step

As long as coronavirus remains under control, we will continue to move step by step towards having more freedom. As of 1 June the Netherlands will relax a few more measures. People will be able to do certain things together again.

Everyone must still follow these rules:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
  • Take extra care if you are over 70 or have health issues.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms.
  • Avoid busy places. Leave if it is not possible to stay 1.5 metres apart.

The changes to measures as of 1 June are as follows:

Groups

  • People may meet outside as long as they remain 1.5 metres apart.
  • Buildings that are open to the public can admit up to 30 people at a time, not counting staff. Here, too, people must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • People are strongly advised to still keep 1.5 metres apart from any visitors to their home –indoors, in gardens and on balconies.

Restaurants, bars and cafés - from 12.00

    Restaurants, bars and cafés can open under the following conditions:
  • a maximum of 30 guests (so not counting staff);
  • people must make a reservation;
  • everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart (except people who live together);
  • the business must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer.

There is no maximum number of people for outdoor seating areas, but all guests must sit at tables and people who do not live together must stay 1.5 metres apart.

Schools

  • Secondary schools will reopen on 2 June. Schools will take measures to ensure that everyone can keep 1.5 metres apart. In practice, this means that not all pupils can attend school at the same time. 
  • Secondary schools for special education will reopen for all pupils on 2 June. These schools will also take measures to ensure that everyone can keep a distance of 1.5 metres. This will require a tailored approach and maintaining a distance will not always be possible at this type of school.
  • Primary schools will be open their regular hours from 8 June, unless the research currently being carried out shows that this is not safe.
      • From 8 June children will be able to attend out-of-school care (BSO) on the days stated in the contract with the childcare provider.
      • From 8 June emergency childcare will be only available for children of parents who work evenings, nights or weekends in the healthcare sector (until 1 July). 
  • On 15 June schools for secondary vocational education (MBO), institutions for higher professional education (HBO) and universities will reopen to a limited extent for exams, practical training and to provide support to vulnerable students.

Cultural institutions – 1 June from 12.00

  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen under the following conditions:
      • a maximum of 30 audience members per auditorium;
      • people must make a reservation;
      • the venue must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer;
      • everyone must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
  • Museums and heritage sites can reopen if people buy tickets in advance and the health risks are assessed beforehand. The maximum number of visitors depends on the building. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Schools of music and arts centres can admit up to 30 people to their buildings. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.

Public transport

  • Use public transport for essential travel only.
  • From 1 June passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on trams, buses, water buses, metros and trains. In stations, on platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required, but people must stay 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Passengers who do not wear a face mask after 1 June can be fined €95.

Care homes

One care home in each GGD region is currently admitting a limited number of visitors under strict conditions. From 25 May the policy will be extended to more care homes. The government expects to be able to adapt the visiting policy for all care homes from 15 June.

Step by step

The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. Thanks to people complying with the measures, the situation has improved. The figures show a positive trend and so we can move step by step towards having more freedom.

The government has started by relaxing restrictions at local or neighbourhood level. That has not made our roads and public transport much busier. Next, restrictions are being relaxed at regional level and finally at national level. First small gatherings are allowed, and later larger gatherings, so that everything remains as manageable and orderly as possible.

Each step can only be taken if the virus stays under control. This must be done with great care. If circumstances require, any decision to relax measures will be reversed.

Week 20 - May 11th until May 17th

Update 16th of May, 2020: Public toilets can open for day recreation

Public toilets can open for day recreation

Shared washing, toilet and shower facilities at campsites and holiday parks, and at parks, nature reserves and beaches, will be closed in the Netherlands until 1 July 2020. The emergency ordinance does allow public toilets to be opened without washing and shower facilities. This can prevent and fight pollution of the public space; people are prevented from doing their needs in public space.

For that reason, public toilet facilities may be opened for day-trippers in the Northern Netherlands from 14 May 2020. All washing and shower facilities must be kept closed. If there are both toilets and washing and shower facilities in one toilet block, only the toilets may be opened for day-trippers.

Both the managers and the day visitors of the toilets have the responsibility to always adhere to the generally applicable national measures: keep 1.5 meters away, avoid crowds, wash your hands often and stay home if you have complaints.

Opening toilets is a possibility; it is not an obligation for the owner, nor is it the user's right. The main thing must be whether the situation on the ground justifies opening the toilets. In practice, the opening will take place in phases because it must be done step by step because of the corona crisis.

When people on vacation come to spend the night, the regulation applies that the sanitary facilities must be able to be used separately per recreation unit; every household (for example a family or an individual) who comes to stay overnight must have their own separate sanitary facilities during the entire stay, which may only be used by that household. If the opening of toilets is used to allow overnight stays without private sanitary facilities, this can be enforced on the basis of the emergency ordinance.

Update 15th of May, 2020: Weekly price for # Smarterchilling still life

The #smartchilling weekly price - a gift voucher of 50 euros - goes to Max and Marnix, two friends from Assen. Together they have created a #smarterchilling. Through this photo they call young people on a hilariously way to #smarterchilling. 

The winning photo of the two friends from Drenthe shows a lot. You keep looking at it, and you will discover something new every time. For example, the photo contains two whiteboards full of mysterious scribbles and formulas. And one of the two boys absently strokes a white fake leopard. Both are dressed in protective clothing and of course keep a meter and a half away. The effort they made to implement this concept is rewarded with a 50 euro voucher. Thinking about what should be photographed, is on it's own a creative form of #smartchilling. 

Second place this week is for Amy. She has been messaging through a message in an bottle with her best friend since the Corona outbreak. A few times a week they write funny notes to each other. And when they meet when they pick up the mail, they chill in the grass. But at a distance of one and a half meters. Third place goes to Flore, who shows in a TikTok how she makes it very cozy in her own room. And then chill out.

One and a half meter society
#Smartchilling will continue to be necessary in the coming weeks, as measures to fight the corona virus will take a while. New entries are therefore more than welcome. Especially because we are not getting rid of the one and a half meter society anytime soon.

Would you also like to participate?
Do you also have an idea about how you can chill smarter, alone or with your friends, but safely? Then share your solution on TikTok and / or Instagram via #slimmerchillen, or send a contribution on film, photo or in text to info@slimmerchillen.nl. Who knows, maybe one of the following weekly prices is for you. Do you want to get inspiration first? View all entries on https://slimmerchillen.nl.

Update 14th of May, 2020 (3.30 pm): #Avoidvrowds, but how can we do that smartly?

#Avoidcrowds, but how can we do that smartly?

Avoid crowds: that is the new rule of conduct, necessary to stop the coronavirus. At the same time, keeping a distance of one and a half meters remains an assignment that we must all fulfill. But how do we do that? That requires new forms of #smartchilling.

Chilling with your friends: how can you do that in corona time?
What if you have to stay at least a meter and a half apart? And if you should avoid crowds as much as possible, so as not to give the virus a chance to spread. The “SMART CHILLING = CORONA KILLING!” campaign of eleven safety regions challenges young people and students to come up with creative solutions in all kinds of ways.

Where #stayhome was the motto for weeks, it is now shifting to #avoidcrowds. Because it is inevitable that, now that society is getting more and more up and running, it will become busier again on the street. But how do we prevent it from getting too busy? That we are in the same place with too many people at the same time? So we can't keep that one and a half meters away?

Young people and students are asked to come up with creative solutions for this. And to share it with us via #slimmerchillen on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or simply by email to info@slimmerchillen.nl. To give each other a helping hand. And to prevent the virus from having another chance to get around. And there is something in it for you to. Because we reward the best entries and most creative solutions every week with gift certificates of 50, 20 and 10 euros.

Instrumental version
And there is more to be gained. For example, the eleven safety regions have come up with a special challenge for young musical people and for people with a sense of text: writing a #smarterchilling rap. An example can be seen on the website www.slimmerchillen.nl for inspiration. Those who want to make a own rap can download the instrumental version of this rap and rap it in their own text. In addition, the refrain of the rap has been made into a #smarterchilling ringtone. This is also free to download from the website.

Until May 20
Entries for this rap challenge are welcome until May 20. After that, the makers of the sample rap decide who will be the winner of the challenge and as a reward the winner will get professional help in completing the submission to a super tight rap.

Want to know more?
Check out the sample rap at www.slimmerchillen.nl and download the instrumental version and the ringtone there.

Update 11th of May (4:00 PM): Nursing home Talma Hûs is carefully opened for visitors

The Talma Hûs nursing home in Feanwâlden opens cautiously from Wednesday 13 May onwards. This location of KwadrantGroep is the nursing home in the province of Fryslân, where a first step is being taken to relax the visiting arrangements. Nationally, 25 nursing homes are participating in the trial to carefully allow more visitors.
 
137 residents live in Talma Hûs, divided into nine groups. From Wednesday they can receive one regular visitor. This is done under strict conditions. All the first contact persons of the residents will be informed about this on Monday May 11. The trial will take place in Talma Hûs in Feanwâlden because this location has good facilities to make the visit safe for residents, visitors and care workers. There are also no residents and health workers who are infected with the coronavirus.

More information (Dutch)

 

Week 19 - May 4th until May 10th

Update: 9th of May 2020 (2.00 P.M.): Announcement of the Emergency Regulation COVID-19 of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân

The Chairman of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân announces that he has confirmed the “Emergency Ordinance COVID-19 Fryslân Security Region of 9 May 2020”.

The Emergency Ordinance COVID-19 Veiligheidsregio Fryslân of May 9, 2020 will start on May 11, 2020.

The text of the regulations can be consulted on the website of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân, www.veiligheidsregiofryslan.nl and on www.overheid.nl under the heading of local laws and regulations.
Leeuwarden, 9 May 2020.

The Chairman of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân,

Mr. S. van Haersma Buma

Emergency Regulation COVID-19 - May 9 2020 (Dutch)
Update: 7th of May 2020 (10.00 am): From Monday 11th of May we will give each other a little more space in the Netherlands

From Monday 11th of May, we can give each other a little more space in the Netherlands, while keeping the corona virus under control. Compliance with the most important basic rules is more important than ever. These basic rules are:

  • Always keep 1.5 meters away.
  • Do not go to places where it is busy.
  • Sneeze and cough in your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap.
  • Do you have a cold? Stay home!
  • Do you have a fever or are you short of breath? Then all housemates must stay at home.
  • Work at home as much as possible.

Step-by-step

The Dutch approach to corona has worked well to control the consequences of the virus. The risk has certainly not disappeared, but if we adhere to the measures, there will gradually be more space. The cabinet is starting to adjust measures locally. That causes little traffic on the street and on public transport. Adjustments then take place at regional level, then at national level. Allowing groups goes from small to large to make everything as manageable and organized as possible. The details of this will be worked out in the near future. A few of the measures that apply from 11 May:

  • Schools in primary education, including special (primary) education and childcare open on 11 May.
  • Anyone above 18 years old can exercise outside at a distance of 1.5 meters (no contact sports; teaching is possible, but no competitions and no shower afterwards).
  • Most contact professions are possible again. The work may be organized 1.5 meters away. It is carried out by appointment, whereby the entrepreneur / employee and the customer together talk about the possible risks.
  • Libraries open their doors to the public again and take measures so that visitors can keep 1.5 meters away from each other.
  • Only use public transport if you really need to, avoid rush hour and give each other space. In train, bus and metro you will be wearing non-medical mouth masks. This is mandatory from 1st of June.

A news item with all measures and expectations for the coming months can be found on Rijksoverheid.nl. The news item is also available in simple language.

Week 17 - April 20th until April 26th

Update: 24th of April, 2020 (12.00 PM): Stay at home and get creative with Kingsday in your own home

Kingsday in Fryslân looks different this year due to the corona crisis. No kingsgames, free markets, parties and joint activities. That doesn't mean we can't celebrate Kingsday. We only celebrate it in a different way. Kingsday will be Woningsdag (Homeday) this year! Celebrating Kingsday at home might be less fun than celebrating our kings birthday with your friends at a big party with live music. Of course you can also make something of it at home, so that you will not forget this Kingsday.

Nice tips

Sing the Wilhelmus together with 17 million Dutch people at 10:00. Watch a retrospective view of previous Kingsday at 10.10 on TV. Raise a glass to our King at 4 pm. Celebrate Kingsday, but do it at home! Together with your own creative interpretation, Woningsdag (Homeday) can be turned into a special day. The complete program can be found at https://www.oranjebond.nl/ Programma-koningsdag-2020/

Activities Kingsday and the emergency ordinance

Kingsday activities such as performances, parties and free markets fall under the definition of event from the emergency ordinance, which is prohibited until 1 September. Municipalities can act on this in accordance with the emergency ordinance.

Update: 23rd of April, 2020 (12.00 PM): Research impact corona crisis on Frisian society

What is the social impact of the corona crisis on Fryslân? The Fries Sociaal Planbureau will investigate this in the coming months together with the Veiligheidsregio Fryslân, of which GGD Fryslân is a part of. With the information from the study we can respond to the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We expect the first results at the beginning of June 2020.

Experience

The coronavirus has consequences for all inhabitants of Fryslân and demands a lot from people, families and communities. This can change people's behavior and attitude. For example, they may be more anxious about how they will fare. Or more lonely because they have fewer social contacts. The crisis can also increase solidarity. How do people experience this crisis time and what does this do to them? Is there still confidence in care and how are the caregivers doing? What about confidence in the government? With this research we map this out.

Fries Sociaal Planbureau

The Fries Sociaal Planbureau (FSP) helps the crisis organization of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân to map and compile all relevant information for a resilient Fryslân. In addition, the FSP uses its citizens' panel, Panel Fryslân. Panel Fryslân consists of a representative group of inhabitants of Fryslân and currently has about 6,000 members. The FSP maps trends and developments within Fryslân and analyzes and explains this. On April 22, 2020, the members of Panel Fryslân received an extra questionnaire to map changes in behavior and attitude under the current crisis.

DataFryslân and other sources of information

DataFryslân also supports Veiligheidsregio Fryslân in its investigation. DataFryslân is a collaboration between Frisian organizations and Statistics Netherlands. The investigation also uses other sources of information, such as the questionnaire surveys of GGD Fryslân and the information that Veiligheidsregio Fryslân itself has already collected about the corona crisis in Fryslân. In addition, it is possible that other partners of the Frisian crisis organization will join the investigation

Update 22nd of April 2020 (12.00 PM): Adapted measures for schools, sports and events in Fryslân

In the press conference on Tuesday April 21st, Prime Minister Rutte spoke about a minimal relaxation of the corona measures in the field of education and childcare. This gives parents space to carry out their work and children can get back to school. Children in primary education start school again on May 11th for 50% of the time. The other half of the time they attend distance education. The childcare will be fully opened again on 11th of May. Special education in primary school age opens 100%.

Sports

Children are getting more space. The space to play, to go back to school or daycare, but also to exercise again. But only in the open air. Children up to the age of 12 are allowed to practice sports activities in the open air from 29th of April. Competitions are not yet held. Children above the age of 12 are also allowed to practice outdoor sports from April 29th, but with a distance of 1.5 meters. Indoor sports, such as swimming, are not yet allowed.

Events

Less fun news is that all events are prohibited until September 1st. This also means for Fryslan that many events have been canceled. Both large and small events. Neighborhood and village parties will therefore not continue, there can be no party in the Green Star at, for example, Welcome to the Village, but also a festival like Oerol will not take place and the Iepenloftspul in Burgum has been moved to 2021.

Stay alert

The government's general message is and remains that everyone should be careful. Stay at home as much as possible. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow. And be sensible. Even now that there is some relaxation, it is important to remain alert and to maintain. Because no one is waiting for a new peak of patients. We all fight corona. Even now.

What about the numbers in Fryslân?

    We explain that below:

 

Update: 21st of April 2020 (7.30 PM): Corona measures extended

We will continue with the corona approach in the Netherlands. Washing hands, staying at home as much as possible, working from home, keeping distance - all measures that the experts advise us - are extended. However, there is cautiously more space for children and young people.

The corona approach is slowly moving in the right direction. We have often found a way to fill in our daily life in a practical way, even if it is not always easy. Healthcare workers do their utmost to provide everyone with the care they need. People are still hospitalized because of corona, but numbers are steadily dropping.

Although the situation is still very fragile, space is now cautiously emerging. Space that is also needed. For example, with parents who have to combine their work with the school supervision of their children. Room also for children and young people who miss their school, sports and games. That is the merit of all of us: because we stick to the measures, we can take small steps.

The government has decided to extend most measures until May 19; in the week before 19 May, the cabinet will assess what is needed for the period thereafter. Below is an overview of what changes plus the effective date. The practical details of the changes below will be given further shape in the near future in consultation with those involved.

Education and childcare

Schools in primary education, including special (primary) education and childcare will open their doors on May 11

  • Primary schools in primary education halve the group size in the classroom; children attend school about 50% of the time. The other half of the time they attend distance education.
  • The practical implementation of this principle will lie with the schools in the near future. They are going to work this out further; this can lead to differences between schools.
  • Schools inform parents about what this means for their children's education.
  • Special education in primary school age opens 100%.
  • Parents are urged to take children to school or daycare on foot or by bicycle in order to relieve public transport.
  • Schools, childcare and municipalities make every effort to organize emergency care in a regular manner as much as possible; the organization of emergency care (24/7) outside regular hours is still being worked on.
  • Secondary schools can make preparations so that secondary students can (partly) return to school from Tuesday 2 June.

Sport

  • From April 29, children and young people will have more space for organized outdoor sports and games (no official competitions).
  • Children up to 12 years old can exercise together outside under supervision.
  • Young people from 13 to 18 years old are allowed to exercise outside with each other under supervision, but with a distance of 1.5 meters between them.
  • Municipalities make agreements about this with sports clubs and neighborhood sports coaches; this may cause differences between municipalities.
  • Elite athletes can individually resume training at designated training locations if they observe a distance of 1.5 meters.

Elderly people living independently

The advice not to visit over-70s is being amended. From April 29, the following applies: elderly people aged 70 years and older who live independently can be visited regularly by one or two permanent persons.

Events and culture

Unfortunately, events are a risk of the virus spreading too quickly and too widely. The current ban on events with a permit and notification obligation will be extended until 1 September.

With every step we take in this process, some people will be relieved, others will be disappointed or worried. Yet this is the intelligent way forward for a healthy society, in which people feel safe, can do business, attend education and move as freely as possible. We use the promising plans that companies and organizations make for the one and a half meter society.

The impact on society and the socio-economic consequences of the crisis are enormous. Thanks to its good financial position, the government can provide first aid to companies, the self-employed and affected sectors. But we cannot prevent many people from being hit to a greater or lesser extent. Fortunately, everywhere in society people, companies and organizations rise to help each other.

Week 16 - April 13th until April 19th

Update: 19th of April 2020 (12.00 PM): The weather is nice, but stay home if you don't have to go out + the current situation in Fryslân

The weather is nice, but stay home if you don't have to go out.

Chilling with your friends: how do you do that in corona time? Especially when you are young, it is quite difficult not to see your friends for so long and to stick to the rules. For example, when you go outside, you should always stay at least 1.5 meters apart. So we have to be creative. Because smarter chilling = corona killing.

More information (Dutch)

 

What about the actual situation in Fryslân?

 

Update: 13th of April 2020 (12.00 PM): Link between 5G masts and the coronavirus

5G masts do not spread the coronavirus

A small number of people think that 5G masts can spread the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Knowledge Platform Electromagnetic Fields, there is no connection between 5G and the corona virus. 5G is a new technique for mobile communication. This technique makes it possible to send very targeted signals. In addition, sending signals costs less energy. These two characteristics ensure that a smaller electromagnetic field is produced when sending and receiving signals. So less radiation is produced. In addition, it has been established that when 5G is rolled out, the total strength of electromagnetic fields must remain below the exposure limits. This protects health.

What about the actual situation in Fryslân?

 

Week 15 - April 6th until April 12th

Update: 11th of April (12.00 PM): Municipalities are closing off locations, stay home for Easter weekend and call on young people: "smarter chilling = corona killing"

Easter weekend is the time when we prefer to go out. The call remains to follow the national measures. To prevent crowding in places, we draw attention to the following points:

Two municipalities in Fryslân have closed a number of locations

Gemeente Leeuwarden

 

Gemeente Dantumadiel


Stay at home! Enforcers will be active on land and on water.

Enforcers will be active on land and on the water, think of this if you want to go out on the water or when you visit a hardware store or a furniture boulevard, for example.

It is also important for young people to follow the national measures

In the near future, we will encourage young people even more to follow up on national measures. Of course, as a youngster you want to keep in touch with your friends. This is also possible in fun, creative and original ways. The national campaign 'Smarter chilling is corona killing' stimulates young people to inspire and support each other. Young people are challenged to come up with creative solutions for this, and there are great prizes to be won

More information about Smarter Chilling = Corona Killen

 

Update: 10th of April (12.00 PM): Outcome GGD Fryslân panel survey: Frisian youth feel lonely due to corona measures and adjusted times telephone number GGD Fryslân

Outcome GGD Fryslân panel survey among residents in Fryslân: Frisian youth feel lonely due to corona measures

In particular, young people indicate that they feel lonely because of the corona measures. They most often miss social activities with friends or family. This is evident from a survey conducted by GGD Fryslân among more than 5,500 Frisian residents over the period from the 12th to 26th of March 2020.

Young people more lonely than older people?

Today, attention is often focused on older people who, because of their vulnerability, have to miss their loved ones more than ever. Especially since care and nursing homes are closed off from the outside world. The message to young people is mainly: “Be loyal to vulnerable people, take your responsibility, stick to the measures.” The poll by GGD Fryslân shows that especially young people between the ages of 12 and 24 report the last time to feel lonely. What has not been investigated, but what the researchers think could be an explanation: they miss social life, social contacts at school and going out. The corona crisis could also have a greater impact on young people than on other age groups.


% that felt lonely, by age

Keeping distance is less successful

The survey also shows that young people are less likely to keep 1.5 meters away in the outdoor environment. This is a challenge, especially since young people report feeling lonely. GGD Fryslân brings these signals from the research to the attention of its chain partners. These are, for example, social workers and youth workers.

Where can young people and their parents go?

Young people who feel lonely or have questions can already chat anonymously with JouwGGD.nl youth nurse. A young person can also contact the youth nurse of GGD Fryslân whom they know through school. The pedagogues of GGD Fryslân can support parents with questions. In addition, the website mentaalvitaal.nl provides more information for young and old.

About the GGD Health Panel

GGD Fryslân regularly asks a large panel of Frisians how they view their health, care and sense of safety, for example. We do this via a questionnaire per e-mail. The results help GGD Fryslân to support the Frisians as well as possible.

Opening hours information number GGD Fryslân

During Easter, the information number of GGD Fryslân about the coronavirus is closed.

On Saturday 11th of April we are open from 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM and from 1.00 PM to 4.00 PM. You can reach us on working days from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Do you have any questions on the days that we are not available? Then you can contact the national information number 0800-1351. You can reach this phone number daily from 8:00 AM to 8.00 PM.

Update: 9th of April 2020 (12.00 PM): How we should also follow the measures together during Easter

How we must follow the measures together during Easter

People want to take to the water with their boats, families struggle with the question whether or not they can see each other during Easter and young people ask "can't we really meet up with each other?". There appears to be a lot of support for the national measures and most people stick to them. However, these measures raise questions, especially with good weather and days off.

Although the number of hospital admissions is decreasing nationally and also in the North of the Netherlands, the Easter weekend is not the time to go out and meet family. The advise is still to stay home.

Is it possible to take the boat out on the water?

Are you wondering if you can get on the water with your boat this weekend? Then realize that all measures that apply on land also apply to water. In addition, almost all facilities for water sports enthusiasts and people who want to stay on the water are closed. Think of toilet and shower buildings and catering companies on the water. The postponement of the water sports season means that recreational boats in Fryslân can make very limited use of bridges and locks until 28 April. During this period, the Frisian municipalities and the province use the winter regime to operate bridges and locks. This means for many waterways that certain parts of the water are inaccessible

If you want to read all the national measures

Are you looking for background information after a few weeks of complying with all measures? Do you want to explain to your children how it is again and why we should do what we do? The national government has listed all information about the approach to the corona virus in the Netherlands on this page (Dutch).

 

Update: 7th of April 2020 (12.00 PM): More people in healthcare tested, adjusted opening hours information number and the current situation in Fryslân

Are you looking for help and support within your municipality?

Then you can always call your municipality with questions, within the opening hours. Via the website Social Domain Fryslan you can see where you can go with, for example, questions about the Social Support Act.

More people in healthcare tested

GGD Fryslân yesterday tested forty health care workers from the shared parking lot of medical microbiological laboratory Izore and Pathology Friesland. Izore is currently an important cooperation partner of GGD Fryslân.

Thanks to a more extensive test location, GGD Fryslân and Izore can provide more people in care positions with clarity about whether or not they can return to work. These are healthcare employees (with corona-related complaints) who work with vulnerable patients and who are indispensable in healthcare. This concerns employees of nursing homes, home care, youth care, mental health care, disabled and elderly care. We still test clients of care homes at home at the request of the (GP) doctor.

Who makes the assessment of whether someone should be tested?

The company doctor determines whether the care employee is eligible for a test. Self-employed persons without a company doctor (such as a general practitioner or self-employed persons who work in healthcare) consult with the GGD infectious disease control doctor. So people cannot report directly to the test location.

Adjusted opening hours information number GGD Fryslân

For questions you can call us on 088 22 99 333. This phonenumber for Frisian residents and healthcare professionals has adjusted opening hours. The calling team noticed last week that the number of calls from people who have questions or are concerned about the virus is decreasing. The questions are currently more often about the consequences of the measures to stop the coronavirus. For example, there are entrepreneurs who want to know where they can register for the compensation schemes. Or families who want to know where they can go for care and extra help in their family. GGD Fryslân ensures that all people with questions are referred as well as possible.

The new opening hours of the GGD Fryslân information number:
On working days: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM
Saturday, April 11, 2020: 10.00 AM - 12:30 PM and 1.00 PM - 4.00 PM.
Closed on Easter (Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April 2020).

Do you want information about the coronavirus outside these times?

Then you can contact the national information number 0800-1351. You can reach this telephone number from 8:00 AM to 22:00 PM.

 

Week 14 - March 30th until April 5th

Update: 5th of April (12.00 PM): Going outside today? Take precautions!

Going outside today?

Today is also a beautiful day. How do you leave the house responsibly? Below we list the information:

• Colds or fever (38 degrees)? Stay at home!
• Not having a cold? Not having a fever? Only go outside if necessary. Shop for groceries on your own and go out with up to three people for a walk or a breath of fresh air. Do you see that it is busy where you want to walk? Then choose another place or go home.
• Keep 1.5 meters away from others (2 arm lengths). Everywhere. So also on the street, in the supermarket and in the park.
These rules also apply to water, so keep your distance there.

Detailed information can be found at the website of the Government.

Also watch this video in which you can see how we only control the corona virus together (Dutch).

The current situation in Fryslân

For the current situation about positively tested patients with the coronavirus, please visit the website of GGD Fryslân.

Update: 4th of April 2020 (12.00 PM): Extra care capacity for corona patients in Fryslân

In Fryslân, the care institutions have now realized 150 extra beds for corona patients and another 150 beds are in preparation. This means that there is currently sufficient care capacity in Fryslân. If necessary, the Frisian crisis organization can set up an extra corona center in Fryslân, together with the care partners, with the necessary staffing and resources. An additional corona center is currently not required.

Realized extra care capacity

A great care demand is also expected in Fryslân due to the corona crisis. In addition, healthcare personnel and doctors can also drop out. The Frisian care institutions have therefore already realized extra care capacity in Fryslân and are working on even more beds, staff and resources. Patients with the coronavirus can be nursed in different locations if they cannot receive the correct care at home but do not need to go to a hospital. In temporary corona centers, patients can receive nursing and medical support. In addition, there are special corona units in existing nursing homes, disabled and mental healthcare institutions. For end-of-life care, patients can go to a hospice. Seriously ill patients are cared for in the hospital.

Patients in nursing and care homes

Residents of nursing and care homes where the coronavirus is diagnosed are cared for as much as possible in their own home. Within the homes, special corona units have been set up for this purpose, in which patients can be cared for separately from the other residents. This reduces the chance that more residents will get the virus. In order to prevent further spread, it also remains important that all nursing homes and small-scale housing for the elderly remain closed to visitors. A measure that is very difficult for the residents and their neighbors, but very necessary in the interest of good care.

Extra corona center

Should the extra realized care capacity in Fryslân also become full, an extra care center can be deployed for patients with the coronavirus. This allows the necessary care to be provided in Fryslân. An additional corona center is not currently required in Fryslân: there is sufficient space for corona patients.

Care partners

In Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe, hospitals, the ROAZ (Regional Consultation Acute Care Chain), the RONAZ (Regional Consultation Non Acute Care), the nursing and home care institutions, care homes, doctor's guards, general practitioners, GGZ, GGDs and safety regions work together to ensure sufficient care capacity in the Northern Netherlands. On a daily basis, they jointly examine the current and expected care needs and how they can be met.

Testing of vulnerable people and healthcare personnel

GGD Fryslân and the parties that are closely involved in this, have built up all facilities to test more people from Monday 6 April. In addition to the hospital staff, employees, clients and residents of nursing homes and care homes are also tested. The new test policy also focuses on healthcare workers and their vulnerable clients in disabled institutions, at home care, employees of youth care and mental health care. GPs and their employees are also tested. In short: the testing focuses on the vulnerable people and the professionals who take care of them.

The current situation in Fryslân

For the current situation about positively tested patients with the coronavirus, please visit the website of GGD Fryslân.

Update: 3rd of April 2020 (2.45 PM): Mayors of the Wadden Islands for the coming weeks: stay at home as much as possible. And what does the crisis organization look like in Fryslân

Wadden Islands

The mayors of the Wadden Islands call on everyone to stay at home as much as possible in the coming weeks and not to go to the Wadden Islands. There is no ban on traveling to the islands, but under these special circumstances the mayors appeal to the personal responsibility of people who want to come to the islands. On the islands, the national guidelines are complied with, which is why the conditions are now not favorable for a pleasant stay. All catering is closed, museums and activities have been shut down and joint travel on the boat is not recommended. In addition: when cases of illness are reported, the medical facilities on the islands are extra heavily burdened.

For more information, please visit the municipal and tourist information websites of the Wadden Islands:

Nice weather this weekend, but stay at home!

According to the predictions, the weather will be good this weekend. Then the temptation is big to go out. But the call also still applies: stay at home if this is possible, everywhere in Fryslân! Enjoy the sun in the garden and on the balcony. Only in this way can we get corona under control, together!

What does the crisis organization in Fryslân look like?

Many Frisian crisis organisations work together behind the scenes, to limit the further spread and consequences of the coronavirus, and to inform the inhabitants of Fryslân as well as possible. From doctors to mayors and from operators to municipal employees, they all do their work. In the coming weeks we will show what all these people are doing everyday!

Update: 1st of April 2020 (12.00 PM): Test capacity expanded and the current situation in Fryslân

Steffie explains corona

Today, the website corona.steffie.nl has been launched. On this Dutch website, Steffie explains difficult information about the new coronavirus in a simple way. The website is specially designed for people with intellectual disabiliteis. This makes that the language is very easy and for some foreign residents of Fryslân, it might be understandable. Need for understandable informationThe website was commissioned by the national government. With the website, the well-known web help Steffie wants to meet the growing demand for reliable and understandable information for vulnerable target groups, such as people with mild intellectual disabilities and low-literate persons.Answer to questions

Steffie answers questions such as: What symptoms can you expect when you get the virus? How do you ensure that you and others do not get sick? Subjects such as washing your hands in the right way and making a daily schedule are also discussed.

Test capacity expanded

GGD Fryslân is expanding its current test capacity and has already started further upscaling this capacity. This mainly concerns testing healthcare professionals outside hospitals. More health workers have already been trained in taking tests this week.

The current situation in Fryslân

For the current situation about positively tested patients with the coronavirus, please visit the website of GGD Fryslân.

Update: 31st of March 2020 (7.30 PM): Corona measures extended until Tuesday 28th of April

The cabinet has decided today that all corona measures in the Netherlands will be extended until Tuesday 28 April. In the week before 28th of April, the Government will assess what is needed for the period thereafter. It is urgent advice for the upcoming Easter weekend to stay at home.

Sports facilities, catering and childcare will therefore remain closed until 28 April. In any case, schools will remain closed until after the holiday in May. The ban on events will remain in effect until June 1st.

The renewal is necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus, protect vulnerable groups and ensure that healthcare providers and hospitals are able to cope with the high pressures. There must be sufficient evidence to reduce the number of hospitalizations and the capacity in the intensive care units before it can be said with certainty that the epidemic is under control and that the measures can therefore be reconsidered.

The Netherlands is far from there. However, the right path has been taken. The number of sick is still increasing, but this is not as fast as a few weeks ago, before measures were announced. Anyone who is currently infected with the virus will pass it on to fewer people on average than would be the case without measures. This means that the measures work. It will take a few weeks for this decrease to show the decrease in the number of patients in hospitals. There is simply time between people becoming infected, getting sick and a possible hospitalization.

It is therefore important that all Dutch people maintain the measures together, because the risk of infection is still high. It is therefore crucial to continue to comply with the measures.

Only together can we control corona.

Update: 31st of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Call the corona helpline or the national information number.

Corona Hotline: 030-3400600

A special helpline has been set up for seniors with a migration background by the senior organization KBO-PCOB. This number is available on working days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone line is intended for questions about the coronavirus, but is also open for 'just' a chat. The elderly are assisted by volunteers who have a migration background themselves. There was already a general corona helpline for the elderly. The helpline is an initiative of KBO-PCOB and the Network of Organizations of Older Migrants (NOOM).

National information number 0800-1351 open longer

Many questions are still coming in to the national information number 0800-1351 about the coronavirus. That is why this telephone number will remain open next week from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday you can reach this number from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The current situation in Fryslân

For the current situation about positively tested patients with the coronavirus, please visit the website of GGD Fryslân.

Week 13 - March 23rd until March 29th

Update: 29th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Social distancing and staying 1.5 meters apart

Social distancing, keeping distance, what does that mean exactly?

One of the measures taken by the national government is "keep your distance because of the corona virus". What does that mean exactly?

- Stay at home as much as possible. Only go outside for necessary groceries or if you have to take care of someone else.
- Work at home if you can. If that is not possible, keep a distance of 1.5 meters at your workplace.
- You can get a breath of fresh air, but don't do that in a group of more than 3 people.
- And: always keep your distance from others. At least 1.5 meters and avoid social activities and groups of people. Also at home: a maximum of 3 people together (outside the family) and keep a distance from each other.

But is it enough to keep a distance of 1.5 meters? If you sneeze, won't the droplets travel meters further?

Do you suffer from a cold, a cough, sore throat or fever? Then stay home. Cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow and wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If you stick to the measures, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters is sufficient. When you sneeze, the drops rarely go further than 1.5 meters. By keeping your distance and avoiding contact, the new coronavirus is less likely to spread.

 

Update: 28th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Two warnings for your health and the current situation in Fryslân

Warning for incorrect information dietary supplements

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority warns against incorrect information about dietary supplements and the corona virus.

Why this safety warning? Many supplement sellers claim that their products increase your resistance and protect you from viruses or bacteria. This is incorrect. Suppliers of supplements claiming this can even face a hefty fine.

The only way to increase your resistance is to eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise regularly. This makes your body more resistant to pathogenic bacteria and viruses and makes you less likely to get sick. You also recover faster if you unexpectedly fall ill. Read all about the warning from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority about food supplements.

Going outside this weekend?

The weather will be nice again this weekend. Being outside and exercising contribute to good resistance. Do you want to go outside? Keep 1.5 meters away and go out the door with no more than three people. Below we list the information for you. Detailed information can be found on the website of the National Government.

Going out the door responsibly

  • Colds or fever (38 degrees)? Stay at home!
  • Not having a cold? No fever? Then only go outside if necessary. Shop for groceries on your own and go out with up to three people for a walk or a breath of fresh air. Do you see that it is busy where you want to walk? Then choose another place or go back home.
  • Work at home if possible.
  • Keep 1.5 meters away from others (2 arm lengths). Everywhere. So also on the street, in the supermarket and in the park.

For the image thinkers among us: the video below summarizes in 27 seconds how we can only control the corona virus together (Dutch).

National information number also open next week from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Many questions still come in to the national corona virus information number. That is why this telephone number will remain open from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM next week. You can reach this number on (0800) 1351.

The current situation in Fryslân

For the current situation about positively tested patients with the coronavirus, please visit the website of GGD Fryslân.

 

Update: 27th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Sanitary facilities at campsites and marinas closed and the current situation in Fryslân

Sanitary blocks on campsites and marinas in the Northern Netherlands are closed

The chairmen of the three Safety Regions in the Northern Netherlands have decided that toilet, washing and shower facilities at campsites and marinas should be closed immediately. The chairmen consider it a too big of a risk that in these places it is not possible to follow the measures with regard to keeping a distance of 1.5 meters.

The measure will be included in the new emergency ordinance, which the provinces of Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe will adopt. The recreation companies themselves may remain open to guests who do not have to use those sanitary facilities. Such as, for example, users of a mobile home or chalet. The ban will apply to holiday parks, campsites, camping areas, small-scale camping fields and marinas. Due to government measures, facilities such as swimming pools and catering facilities had to be closed earlier in these places.

Current situation in Fryslân

Regarding the current situation in Fryslân, please check the website of GGD Fryslân.

Update: 26th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Are rapid tests reliable, is there sufficient space on the ICs

Are there rapid tests in circulation? Are these reliable?

More and more "corona self-tests" are being offered (online). These tests are not self-tests, but rapid tests that are not intended for home use. They are intended for professional use. Only accredited laboratories, such as those at RIVM, use tests that can reliably determine whether the coronavirus is present in a patient. The offered quick tests show, via another method, whether someone has recently (a week or more ago) been in contact with the virus.

However, these rapid tests cannot determine whether someone is carrying the virus at the time of testing and whether they are contagious at the time. Users can be unnecessarily worried or are wrongly reassured. The reliability of these tests is therefore not (yet) clear and use is therefore not recommended. You can read more information on the website of the Healthcare & Youth Inspectorate.

Is there enough space on the ICs in Frisian hospitals?

Last weekend, corona patients from North Brabant were transferred to Frisian hospitals. The patients were moved because of a shortage of IC places in the hospitals in Brabant. These patients will be in intensive care as well as in nursing wards spread across the northern hospitals.

In the northern hospitals, the number of IC places has been scaled up and extra beds have been created. For example, non-emergency treatments and surgeries have been postponed. For the time being, there is sufficient capacity in the region to receive patients adequately. The transfer of patients is coordinated nationally by the National Network Acute Care.

Update: 24th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Less insight into the spread of the virus, call to comply with measures

Follow the measures. Also in Fryslan, especially in Fryslan.

Yesterday evening, immediately after the national press conference, we shared all the tightened and new measures to stop the coronavirus. Below you can read more about the current situation in Friesland and the need not to deal lightly with the appeal of the ministers and the prime minister in our province.
GGD Fryslân conducts source and contact research in cases tested positive. In this way we try to find out how someone was hit and we warn people who have had close contact with the patient. In an increasing number of cases we have established that the source of the contamination cannot be identified. This means that the course of the outbreak can no longer be accurately traced and tracked. We therefore have less insight into the distribution and meanwhile we know that it is increasing. In Friesland, too, more and more people have the coronavirus among its members. They often have mild complaints. So they can transmit the virus.
This underlines the need to follow up the national measures. Also in Friesland, especially in Friesland.

What does the number of positively tested Frisians currently say about the situation?

GGD Fryslan samples and tests according to the national test policy of RIVM. At the moment, this means that we actively sample and test vulnerable groups and the people who care for these vulnerable people. Vulnerable people are the elderly, but also young people and middle-aged people with a disorder. As a result, the virus can strike them harder than others. In addition, we check for each individual case whether a test is necessary and desirable. In short: we confirm to national policy and meanwhile we provide customization.

The current situation in Fryslân

Finally, a brief overview of the current situation regarding the number of people tested positive. Since yesterday, two positive people were tested in the studies by GGD and hospitals. GGD Fryslân is currently conducting contact investigations, whether or not in collaboration with the hospital involved.

Do you have questions?

Can the children still play outside? Can we still walk? What exactly is the difference between fever and elevation? You will find answers to questions like these on the website of GGD Fryslân. We update these daily and the information is in line with national measures. Where necessary, we refer to the website of RIVM (English) or that of the Government.

Update: 23rd of March 2020 (7.30 PM): Tightened measures to control the coronavirus

Tightened measures to control the coronavirus

On Monday 23 March, the government took additional measures to tackle the corona virus. Prime Minister Rutte and Ministers De Jonge, Grapperhaus and Van Rijn explained the measures (based on advice from RIVM) on Monday 23 March 2020 during a press meeting.

The refined and new measures are:

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Go outside for work only when you cannot work at home, for groceries, or to take care of others. You can get outside for a breath of fresh air, but don't do this in a group. Always keep a distance from others (at least 1.5 meters) and avoid social activities and groups of people. Also at home: a maximum of three people can visit and also keep a distance from each other.
  • If you have a cough and/or a cold, the following already applies: stay at home. If you also get a fever, everyone in the household must stay at home from now on. People in crucial professions and vital processes are excluded from this, unless they become ill themselves.
  • All gatherings are prohibited until June 1 (instead of April 1), even with fewer than 100 people. There is an exception for funerals and church weddings, about which more information will be provided later.
  • Shops and public transport are required to take measures to ensure that people keep their distance, for example through a door policy.
  • Until April 6, hairdressers, beauticians and others in so-called contact professions in the field of external care are unfortunately no longer allowed to practice their profession. For physiotherapists, for example, work as much as possible via video calling.
  • Casinos are now subject to the same measure as food and beverage outlets and will close on March 24, 2020.
  • At locations such as holiday parks, measures must be taken to allow people to keep 1.5 meters away. If one is not able to do this, municipalities may close these locations.
  • Mayors can designate areas where group formation is prohibited. These areas can be parks, beaches or neighborhoods. In groups of 3 or more that do not keep a meter and a half away, the new measures will be enforced. Persons in the same household, such as families, and children are excluded.
  • Markets are excluded from this because they are an essential part of the food chain in some places in the country. Municipalities and market masters must however look at how they can ensure that sufficient distance is guaranteed.
  • The government also wants to be able to enforce existing measures better. That is why mayors are given the opportunity to act more quickly and easily through an emergency ordinance. Mayors can close specific locations, such as parks, beaches, and campgrounds. Fines can also be imposed.

Measures previously announced will remain in effect. See the coronavirus approach page for more information (in Dutch).

The measures fit in with the Dutch approach to the coronavirus, which is aimed at not overloading the care capacity and helping the people who are most vulnerable. The approach and measures are based on advice from the experts, who meet in the Outbreak Management Team chaired by Jaap van Dissel, the director.

Week 12 - March 16th until March 22nd

Update: 22nd of March 2020 (12.15 PM): Emergency announcement calls to make sure you maintain your distance

Emergency announcement calls to make sure you maintiain your distance

All Frisian hospitals have prepared well for a large increase in the number of patients, because of what we have learned from what happened in Brabant. That is why we can now also receive patients from Brabant very well. It is really important that the northerners follow the measures well. Only with the commitment of all of us will we do our best that hospitals can still provide care. So: do you have mild colds? Then really stay inside! Do you have no complaints? Stick to that 1.5 meter distance and don't chatter in a group on the corner of the street. In this way we try to prevent the spread of the virus. See also the NL-Alert sent by the national government today.

Young people: corona, no joke!

It is also important for children and young people to adhere to the measures. See here the video that was made to make them aware of this.

Update: 21st of March 2020 (12.00 PM): Speech King Willem Alexander, closure nursing homes and currend update

Looking after each other, even though the nursing homes are closed

In his speech yesterday, King Willem Alexander mentioned that it is precisely in this period of great uncertainty that there is a great need for contact with other people: “We prefer to have familiar faces around us. This has become much more difficult in the current circumstances. We miss our regular patterns and especially the people who belong to them. ” This applies to family weekends, the music association, the working environment, but also to visits by family and friends in nursing homes for people who are elderly. King Willem Alexander: "let's make sure that nobody feels abandoned."

Why are the nursing homes closed?

Minister Hugo de Jonge (VWS) announced this earlier this week that until the 6th of April, the nursing homes and small-scale housing units for the elderly are closed for visits by family, friends and other acquaintances of residents. This measure is intended to better protect vulnerable residents against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Because we can also make others - especially vulnerable people - ill without experiencing too many symptoms ourselves.

This measure has far-reaching consequences, because it is these elderly people who often feel alone. The decision was therefore not easily made. However, it is very important to protect this group of people. As difficult as it is, it is important to follow this measure carefully and perhaps make (video) calls more often. It is also important for Fryslân to keep to this and the other measures. This really remains necessary to inhibit the coronavirus in the coming weeks.

Current situation about the people sampled by GGD Fryslân

You can find the current health situation on our website of GGD Fryslân.

Update: 20th of March (1.00 PM): Keep your distance, young people be aware of your role in stopping the virus, current state of affairs regarding positive tests by GGD in Fryslan

Be aware of your role in stopping the virus

Five days ago, the cabinet announced national measures to reduce contact between people as much as possible. Everyone wants to go outside with the sunny weather coming up and after five days in and around the house. However, it is important to keep to the distance from each other. This is and will continue to be necessary in the coming weeks to slow down the virus. Fryslân is in a special position. As our infectious disease control doctor Everhard Hofstra said yesterday in the latest update, there are relatively few positively tested cases in our province. The rural picture shows that the distribution in the north is not as great as in the south. At the same time, we are dealing with national measures. We hope that by sticking to this, we can maintain the relative 'lead'.

Looking after each other

This is important for the entire country: the fewer people in Fryslân who are ill and have to rely on care capacity, the more total care capacity remains available for the entire country. Brabant hospitals are currently moving patients to hospitals in provinces where there is sufficient capacity.

Young people, be aware of your important role in stopping the virus

We also want to urge young people to care about each other. They also play an important role in stopping the virus, which is very important to protect vulnerable groups. Young people should be aware of their role in stopping the virus, which is very important to protect vulnerable groups. We see that young people visit each other more often in recent days. On the football field, at favorite hangouts and at home on the couch. Although they are not the main risk group, they can spread and thereby unintentionally "touch" vulnerable people in society. We want to call on all young people and their parents: if you do visit each other: keep 1.5 meters away from each other or look each other up digitally. Even if you do not belong to a risk group yourself, keep in mind all the contacts you enter into the vulnerable group of people in our society.

Can't we go outside at all?

Yes you can, but keep your distance. Don't flock to the garden centers when the sun starts shining, don't crow around in the parks and on the football fields.

Update: 16th of March 2020 (11.00 PM): Emergency ordinance Coronavirus Safety Region Fryslân
                  The accompanying emergency ordinance was established on March 16, 2020 by the Security Region Fryslân.
    This emergency ordinance provides municipalities with the legal framework to be able to take enforcement action in the event that the announced measures in the context of public order and safety or limitation of the danger are not complied with.
Emergency ordinance

Week 11 - March 9th until March 15th

Update: 15th of March 2020 (7.45 PM): Who can go to school tomorrow + Statement by Sybrand Buma

Who can go to school tomorrow?

The Cabinet has decided that as of Monday March 16, 2020 all schools and daycare centres will be closed. Children of parents who work in a crucial profession or in a vital process can go to school or childcare.

Do you work in such a profession or sector? Then you can bring your child to their own school or daycare center on Monday March 16 at the usual time. This applies in any case until 6 April 2020 for all children in primary education and in daycare.

In the course of Monday, in consultation with the Frisian municipalities, the schools will make agreements about any adjustments. You will be informed about this by your child's school or daycare.

Which professions are in the vital sector?

 

Statement by Sybrand Buma

Dear residents of Fryslân,

This afternoon, the cabinet and RIVM announced new measures to contain the corona virus. As before, the museums, swimming pools and theaters are now also closed until April 6, schools, catering and all sports clubs.

I understand that these are very drastic measures. But they are necessary. For all of us, it means that our daily lives look very different from usual. Everyone is affected in a certain way. Whether you have school-aged children, work in healthcare, are elderly or work for an organization that has to close. It is a big change for everyone, but together we can prevent new infections as much as possible. It is important that everyone adheres to these new guidelines. In addition, I call on everyone to pay extra attention to the elderly and people who are vulnerable.

Fortunately, you can do a lot yourself to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. It is therefore very important that you continue to follow the advice below. They are simple, but they really help:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow
  • Use tissue paper
  • Do not shake hands
  • Stay home if you have a cold, even if it is a mild complaint
  • Do you belong to a risk group? Then avoid public transport and large groups
  • Are you ill? Then do not go to the doctor, but contact us by phone

Within Veiligheidsregio Fryslân and GGD Fryslân we work with all our might to limit the number of infections in our province as much as possible. We have been doing this since Wednesday in a province-wide crisis organization, the Grip4 structure.

This makes it possible for all municipalities, the police, all healthcare organizations bundled together in the GHOR, and the GGD to work together intensively to exchange the most important information and tackle the crisis. All Frisian mayors also work together within the crisis organization to manage the crisis. This allows us to support all residents more effectively.

I would therefore like to thank all people in health care and everyone who works hard to overcome this crisis. I have a lot of admiration and respect for them.

It hasn't been a week since the coronavirus was diagnosed in two people in our province. Now, on Sunday, it concerns twelve people. Working together we can keep new cases to a minimum.

If we do what is necessary together, we can certainly overcome the coronavirus. We can all trust on this. That is why it is so important to follow all the given advices. It will take us time. We must therefore adjust to a different way of life than we are used to.

I ask for understanding for all measures that have been taken. And I wish you all much strength and courage in the near future.

Sybrand Buma

Chairman of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân

Update: 14th of March 2020 (12.00 PM): National guidelines for testing adjusted

National guidelines for testing adjusted

Last night, RIVM changed the guidelines for performing corona tests to the current situation in the Netherlands. People with complaints (cough, sore throat and a cold) with or without fever should stay at home and avoid contact with others until they are free of symptoms for at least one day. In case of mild complaints, they do not have to call the doctor and are no longer tested for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The GP only consults with the GGD about testing a patient if he is seriously ill and that is necessary for the treatment of the patient, for example for hospitalization. Different guidelines apply in the hospital and for healthcare workers.

Update: 13th of March 2020 (4.00 PM): Update current situation

News updatea for this weekend

On Saturday March 14th and on Sunday March 15th, the news update will follow on this page at 12 noon.

Why are schools open?

Schools in primary, secondary and secondary vocational education and childcare will remain open for the time being: there are few infections there and the environment is less international. Moreover, children and young people do not form the group with the highest risks. In addition, the social consequences of closing these schools are said to be significant and little contributes to limiting the spread. Children who have a cold should stay at home.

Are you organizing an event?

We follow the national recommendations from RIVM. Many people come together at events. Viruses can spread more easily in this situations.

Events with more than 100 people are canceled throughout the Netherlands. This also applies to public locations such as museums, concert halls, theaters, sports clubs and sports competitions.

Do you have an event with less than 100 people and are you in doubt? The government asks you to make your own decisions and use your common sense. Also consider the target group of your event. Are there, for example, vulnerable persons? They should avoid social gatherings and contacts. Based on this, make your own decision.

 

Update: 12th of March 2020 (9.00 PM): Sybrand Buma, chairman of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân: "We must all overcome this virus"

Sybrand Buma, chairman of Veiligheidsregio Fryslân: "We must all overcome this virus"

"This week, for the first time, a number of residents of Fryslân have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. I understand that this causes concern for some people throughout Fryslân, and certainly in the municipalities where these patients live or work. It also leads to many questions, which is understandable, especially if you are in frail health, so it is important to follow the advice of RIVM, the GGD and the national government.

Behind the scenes there is a constant conversation about what the virus means for public health. We always look closely at the current situation together with all Frisian municipalities and see whether additional measures are required every day. Even though some measures may be annoying, especially those that have become known today, they are being taken to promote public health. We must all overcome this virus. This is possible if everyone adheres to the regulations that are given.

I call on everyone to work together to make sure the spreading of the virus stays mininmal in Fryslân. We all have a responsibility in this, we will have to do this together!”

Update: 12th of March 2020 (4.00 PM): New measures from RIVM and the national government

Measures from RIVM and the national government

New measures against the spread of the coronavirus are applied in the Netherlands since Thursday 12th of March 2020. Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Bruins of Medical Care and Sports explained the measures (based on advice from RIVM) during a press meeting.

The measures are:

  • Everyone in the Netherlands: stay at home if you have symptoms of a cold, cough, sore throat or fever. Avoid social contact. Do not call your doctor until symptoms get worse.
    Meetings and events with more than 100 people are canceled throughout the Netherlands. This also applies to public locations such as museums, concert halls, theaters, sports clubs and sports competitions.
  • People throughout the Netherlands are called upon to work from home as much as possible or to spread working hours.
  • Vulnerable persons (elderly and persons with reduced resistance): avoid large groups and public transport. In general, people are urged to limit visits to vulnerable people.
  • For healthcare personnel and personnel in vital processes: a lot is required of you. Do not stay home until you have symptoms or a fever. If necessary, consult with your employer. And also: do not travel abroad.
  • Colleges and universities are requested to offer education online instead of large-scale lectures.
  • Schools in primary, secondary and secondary vocational education simply remain open: there are few infections there and the environment is less international. Moreover, children and young people do not form the group with the highest risks. In addition, the social consequences of closing these schools are said to be significant and little contributes to limiting the spread. Children who have a cold should stay at home.
  • Childcare remains open.
  • The measures apply to the whole of the Netherlands until 31 March.

This information will be supplemented from Thursday 12 March and the questions and answers that follow from these new measures will be supplemented at www.rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirus.