Coronavirus measures FAQ and guidelines

Measures and guidelines

The university board, together with the student representatives of the student homes, has developed a protocol that includes specific measures and guidelines that have to make life in the halls of residence as safe as possible, 

These measures and guidelines are subject to the loosening or hardening of the public interventions. The university relies on common sense and good citizenship of every resident and trusts that everyone will comply with the measures and guidelines. Checks will be carried out, and infringements will be sanctioned.

 

    Stick to all preventive measures:

    • Keep your distance
    • Wash your hands
    • Air your living unit regularly
    • Air your shared kitchen and sanitary facilities regularly

     

    Homes with shared facilities are divided into clusters.

    These are home Astrid, Boudewijn, Vermeylen, Fabiola, Groningen, Uppsala, Göttingen and Canterbury.


    For the homes Astrid, Boudewijn, Vermeylen, Groningen, Uppsala, Göttingen and Canterbury, a cluster is one floor (with the exception of the first floor in home Uppsala and Göttingen and both first and second floor in home Groningen). For home Fabiola (and the first floor of home Göttingen and Uppsala and both first and second floor in home Groningen), a cluster is one corridor.

    With these clusters, we create smaller living compartments and try to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus. In order to achieve this, the use of the shared kitchen and sanitary facilities is regulated.

    In case of contamination, the cluster can be quarantined. Contact tracing of the residents in the cluster is then additionally necessary.

    The studios in home Bertha and flats in home Heymans, and limited to some floors in home Groningen, Uppsala, Göttingen and Canterbury, have no shared facilities. Hence they are not additionally divided into clusters.

     

     

    The shared showers and toilets (only applicable to home Astrid, Boudewijn, Fabiola and Vermeylen) may only be used by the residents who live in the cluster.

    Are you visiting another cluster, or do you have a visitor in your own cluster; then you or this person can only use the sanitary facilities on the ground floor (home Astrid, Boudewijn and Fabiola) or -1 (home Vermeylen, at the study room).

    Follow these guidelines:

    • Be courteous.
    • Wash your hands before and after, dry them with a paper towel.
    • Limit the number of people present, avoid queuing.
    • Close the toilet lid before flushing.
    • Make sure that the siphon is always filled with water.
    • Do not leave personal items behind.
    • Ensure good ventilation and leave a room open where possible (tipping position).

    These guidelines also apply to the shared toilets in home Bertha and home Canterbury.

    Also the shared kitchens may only be used by the residents living in the cluster.

    Are you visiting another cluster, or do you have a visitor in your own cluster; then you or this person cannot use these facilities.

    Follow these guidelines:

    • Do not leave personal items or store them in your locker.
    • Immediately and thoroughly wash everything you use before and after use with warm water and liquid soap.
    • Organize the refrigerator so that your things are together. Label your belongings.
    • Clean the table and the used worktops before and after use.
    • Ventilate regularly. Avoid drafts.

    The shared kitchens in the leisure areas on the ground floor of home Astrid and Vermeylen cannot be used.

     

    You always wear a face mask, except in your "own household" being the shared kitchen and the shared sanitary facilities in your own cluster and (of course) in your own room, studio or flat.

    You wear a mask in all circulation areas, including in the hallway of your own cluster. In the leisure and study rooms and solariums you can only remove your mask from the moment you sit down and on condition that you can keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

     

    Yes, but these spaces can only be used as a study

    They are subject to the necessary social distancing. Follow the posted guidelines.

    In the leisure and study rooms and solarium, you wear a face mask and you can only take it off when you sit down and on condition that you can keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

     

    The Belgian Government can require self-quarantine upon your arrival in Belgium, depending on the country from which you travel and the information you provide in the mandatory Passenger Locator Form. You will receive a message on your mobile phone if quarantine is needed. The period of quarantine starts as soon as possible after arrival in Belgium.

    To see which measures apply to you

    go to the webpage "What to do when you arrive in Belgium"? 

    and check the heading "I do not live in Belgium".

    If you have to self-quarantine, follow these guidelines:

    1. Make the necessary arrangements to get tested

    2. Inform the home manager of the Housing Office via

    3. Apply general corona measures.

    When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Discard the tissue immediately. If you don't have a tissue paper handy, cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow, the inside of your sweater... Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day (at least 30 seconds) with soap and water. Do this every time after coughing or sneezing, after every toilet visit... Open the windows of your room for 15 minutes several times a day.

    4. Avoid contact with other people, including fellow residents.

    • Self-isolation means that you stay indoors. You are only allowed to leave your room for essential trips (this is an obligation for countries with code red and highly recommended for countries with code orange). Essential trips are limited to urgent medical care; the purchase of basic necessities, such as food and medicine (but only if no one else can provide them), and to settle urgent legal/financial matters.

    • Stay in your room as much as possible and do not use the shared facilities.
    • You may not use the shared kitchen facilities. Contact your home manager who, if desired, can provide you with a microwave so that you can cook in your room. If friends are shopping or cooking for you, or picking up prepared meals, avoid contact (again). Have the items delivered to the door of your room. Avoid sharing cooking and eating equipment. At least wash it thoroughly before using it. Do your dishes in your sink.
    • You may not use the shared showers. Because the nebulization in the shared shower area is too large, the virus can spread too easily. Temporarily make use of the sink in your room.
    • -> Your home manager will assign you a toilet (if applicable). When using; use seat protection paper. Close the WC lid after a bowel movement, flush and wait 5 minutes. Then clean the toilet with the cleaning agent that will be given to you. Disinfect the door handle (s) after every toilet visit.


    5. If you feel sick, consult a doctor.

    Please contact your general practitioner or a student doctor by telephone. Isolate yourself as much as possible before you have spoken to a doctor. You also discuss how long you need to isolate yourself and if you have to get tested in consultation with your supervising doctor. The contact tracers will contact you for a follow-up.


    6. Are you infected?


    7. Do you feel blue?

    You probably have a lot on your mind. But did you know that you can get help, no matter how small or 'innocent' it seems?

    Check out:

    Do you have any questions about this? Then please use

    Self-quarantine, following these guidelines:

    1. Make the necessary arrangements to get tested

    2. Inform the home manager of the Housing Office via

    3. Apply general corona measures.

    When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Discard the tissue immediately. If you don't have a tissue paper handy, cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow, the inside of your sweater... Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day (at least 30 seconds) with soap and water. Do this every time after coughing or sneezing, after every toilet visit... Open the windows of your room for 15 minutes several times a day.


    4. Avoid contact with other people, including fellow residents.

    • Self-isolation means that you stay indoors. You are only allowed to leave your room for essential trips (this is an obligation for countries with code red and highly recommended for countries with code orange). Essential trips are limited to urgent medical care; the purchase of basic necessities, such as food and medicine (but only if no one else can provide them), and to settle urgent legal/financial matters.

    • Stay in your room as much as possible and do not use the shared facilities.
    • You may not use the shared kitchen facilities. Contact your home manager who, if desired, can provide you with a microwave so that you can cook in your room. If friends are shopping or cooking for you, or picking up prepared meals, avoid contact (again). Have the items delivered to the door of your room. Avoid sharing cooking and eating equipment. At least wash it thoroughly before using it. Do your dishes in your sink.
    • You may not use the shared showers. Because the nebulization in the shared shower area is too large, the virus can spread too easily. Temporarily make use of the sink in your room.
    • -> Your home manager will assign you a toilet (if applicable). When using; use seat protection paper. Close the WC lid after a bowel movement, flush and wait 5 minutes. Then clean the toilet with the cleaning agent that will be given to you. Disinfect the door handle (s) after every toilet visit.

    5. If you feel sick, consult a doctor.

    Please contact your general practitioner or a student doctor by telephone. Isolate yourself as much as possible before you have spoken to a doctor. You also discuss how long you need to isolate yourself and if you have to get tested in consultation with your supervising doctor. The contact tracers will contact you for a follow-up.

    6. Are you infected?

    7. Do you feel blue?

    You probably have a lot on your mind. But did you know that you can get help, no matter how small or 'innocent' it seems?

    Check out:

    Do you have any questions about this? Then please use

     

    Please note that the measures and guidelines for renting a room, studio or flat are subject to government measures that can lead to tightening or relaxation.
    We will, even more than usual, watch for the safe organization of home life and, in doing so, strictly adhere to the rules of the National Security Council.

    If you have further questions, please use

    Self-quarantine, following these guidelines:

    1. Make the necessary arrangements to get tested

    2. Inform the home manager of the Housing Office via

    3. Apply general corona measures.

    When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Discard the tissue immediately. If you don't have a tissue paper handy, cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow, the inside of your sweater... Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day (at least 30 seconds) with soap and water. Do this every time after coughing or sneezing, after every toilet visit... Open the windows of your room for 15 minutes several times a day.


    4. Avoid contact with other people, including fellow residents.

    • Self-isolation means that you stay indoors. You are only allowed to leave your room for essential trips (this is an obligation for countries with code red and highly recommended for countries with code orange). Essential trips are limited to urgent medical care; the purchase of basic necessities, such as food and medicine (but only if no one else can provide them), and to settle urgent legal/financial matters.

    • Stay in your room as much as possible and do not use the shared facilities.
    • You may not use the shared kitchen facilities. Contact your home manager who, if desired, can provide you with a microwave so that you can cook in your room. If friends are shopping or cooking for you, or picking up prepared meals, avoid contact (again). Have the items delivered to the door of your room. Avoid sharing cooking and eating equipment. At least wash it thoroughly before using it. Do your dishes in your sink.
    • You may not use the shared showers. Because the nebulization in the shared shower area is too large, the virus can spread too easily. Temporarily make use of the sink in your room.
    • -> Your home manager will assign you a toilet (if applicable). When using; use seat protection paper. Close the WC lid after a bowel movement, flush and wait 5 minutes. Then clean the toilet with the cleaning agent that will be given to you. Disinfect the door handle (s) after every toilet visit.

    5. If you feel sick, consult a doctor.

    Please contact your general practitioner or a student doctor by telephone. Isolate yourself as much as possible before you have spoken to a doctor. You also discuss how long you need to isolate yourself and if you have to get tested in consultation with your supervising doctor. The contact tracers will contact you for a follow-up.

    6. Are you infected?

    7. Do you feel blue?

    You probably have a lot on your mind. But did you know that you can get help, no matter how small or 'innocent' it seems?

    Check out:

    Do you have any questions about this? Then please use

     

    What are the opening hours of the reception desk?

    Opening hours of the reception desk are from 8 to 12 a.m. and from 1 to 8 p.m.
    Contact the Ghent University Emergency Centre for urgent interventions (24/7).

    Where can I find information about the Coronavirus?

    For more information, check de updates on https://www.ugent.be/en/news-events/coronameasures.htm

    For additional questions, mail to

    If you have a question about measures in Ghent, please visit the website of the city of Ghent.