New coronameasures: face masks and more

Date of news: 14 October 2020

On Tuesday 13 October, the Dutch government announced new measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Radboud University shares the government's concerns and it goes without saying that we follow all measures and recommendations. The consequences for research and education are as follows.

Face masks

Wearing a face mask is mandatory while moving around inside the university buildings and the spaces rented from third parties. You can remove your face mask when you are sitting down in the lecture or exam hall, or behind your desk. Radboud university medical center staff members and students may be subject to other measures. More information can be found on the Radboud university medical center intranet.

In-Person lectures and exams will continue

All in-person education activities (including exams) will continue as scheduled. Of course, these will all be done with 1.5 metres between participants. This also applies to lectures with groups of more than thirty people and to the lectures and exams in De Vereeniging and Stadsschouwburg. The government has made this exception on the basis of the importance of education. If you experience any symptoms, we of course urge you to stay at home.

Student work areas remain available

Students can continue to use the student work areas on campus. In order to create a safe study environment, you still need to make a reservation.

Working on campus

Staff members will continue to work from home whenever possible.

The university believes it is important that staff members also have a good workspace at home. That is why it is possible to borrow office equipment and furniture for use at home. More information can be found on RadboudNet.


Our restaurants De Refter, Coffee Corner Grotius, and Restaurant FNWI remain open for takeaway (Grab & Go). It will no longer be possible to make a reservation at the restaurant and dine in.

Dies Natalis

The 97th Dies Natalis, which takes place on 15 October, will only take place online. This applies to both the academic ceremony (at 2:00 p.m.) and the Eucharist (at 11:00 a.m.) More information about the Dies Natalis, including the links where you can follow the celebration online, can be found on this page.

PhD defenses, inaugural addresses, and graduation ceremonies

PhD defenses will take place but with a maximum of 30 people present, including the Doctoral Examination Board. The same applies to inaugural addresses and valedictory lectures. Receptions will not be held. The current form of graduation ceremonies will not be changed.

Radboud Sports Centre

The Radboud Sports Centre will inform its clients about the changes to the sports on offer and the conditions for participation.


The government has developed a ‘CoronaMelder’-app, which warns you if you have been in contact with anyone with the coronavirus. The government has asked us to inform our staff members and students about it.

Duration of the Measures

The new government measures will remain in force for at least the next four weeks and will be reviewed in two weeks’ time. The decision may then be made to implement stricter measures. The latest updates on the coronavirus and its consequences for education and research at Radboud University can always be found at

The Executive Board wishes you good health and all the best. Take good care of yourself and each other.