COVID 19 Update 14 (1 April 2020)

Coronavirus Abstract

Last night, the Dutch Government announced that the measures taken in the Netherlands will be extended to Tuesday, April 28. All schools remain closed for now until this new date. AIS will therefore remain closed. Depending on the situation at this time, and before April 28, a further announcement will be made. The Prime Minister stressed the fact that the measures pending on the situation on April 28 could be extended again. This means the announcements as stated in previous updates remain in order.

Current restrictions:

  1. NO gatherings anywhere. This means that three people together need to maintain the distance of 1.5 meters. If this is not adhered to, you are in violation of the guidelines.
  2. STAY HOME and do not go out unless the need is urgent or an emergency. You are allowed to do your food shopping, however it is advised that you do this on your own. So, one person per family. Stores will be asked to implement a door policy which may mean one out, one in. The policy needs to be visible at the entrance and needs to be adhered to by all parties involved (shop owners and shoppers). Hairdressers and nail parlours are to be closed.
  3.  Stores and public transportation companies have to take measures to keep people 1.5 meters apart. To counter the risk of corona infections for employees and customers, supermarkets have started to limit the maximum number of people allowed inside their stores. Only one customer per 10 square meters is allowed inside to be able to keep 1,5 meters distance from each other. A shopping cart is mandatory, because this will give you distance from each other.
  4. ALL public events will be cancelled until 1 June (NO Kings Day celebrations, NO 4/5 May ceremonies/celebrations etc.)
  5. Public spaces such as parks and beaches will be closed if people ignore the guidelines.  Fines for up to 400 euros will be issued to individuals; for businesses and companies this fine can be up to €4000 per violation. An exception may be in place for funerals, church marriages and markets. Markets are considered part of the food supply chain. However here too, the number of participants is restricted and the distance between people needs to be adhered to and facilitated.
  6. People are advised not to welcome more than three guests/visitors into their private house. The strong message is to keep your distance.
  7. If one person in the family is sick or is showing minor symptoms of illness, the whole family stays inside.

AIS General Information

AIS Directorate would like to inform and remind you of the following:

  • To keep in touch with us and contact your National Section should your family be directly affected by the Corona Virus. This will help us to maintain accurate records.
  • The Directorate and Management Team continue to meet and keep under review the administrative and organisational aspects of the school. The economic situation is under pressure, and we remain in regular contact with our transportation services and contractors to ensure our school is ready to be fully operative once restrictions are lifted. Each National Section is providing distance learning and communication updates for parents and students and all involved are doing an amazing job in these uncertain and worrying times.
  • The following link provides the most up to date information available from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM):

Do you have symptoms of a cold, or a fever of up to 38.0 degrees Celsius?

  • If so, stay at home, allow the illness to run its course and make sure that you do not infect others. You should therefore distance yourself from other people. You do not need to call your GP. Your symptoms are mild.

Are your symptoms worsening?

  • Do you have a fever (more than 38 degrees Celsius) and are you coughing or having difficulty breathing?
  • If so, you should call your GP or the out-of-hours medical centre. Get in touch immediately if you are experiencing severe
  • GGD on 088 – 880-5070 or 088 – 880-5000


AIS will take a break from Monday 6 April until Friday 17 April in line with the AIS annual calendar. Our students, parents and staff have worked incredibly hard together to maintain a rigorous online distance learning programmes and this break will be a critical time to recharge batteries and spend some down time with our families. We hope you and your family remain safe and in continued good health.

Please continue to follow our website and twitter messages.

AIS Directorate

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