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Avoid fines: keep your distance when going outside

24 April 2020

If you are going outside with friends, keep your distance. Stay at least 1.5 meters apart otherwise you risk being fined.

Be aware that this also applies to housemates! According to the municipality of Leiden's emergency regulations, students are not considered to be a joint household and are therefore not excluded from this rule. 

FAQs provided by the Municipality of Leiden

Do students in a student residence form a joint household?
No, students in a student residence do not form a joint household as meant in the emergency regulation.

Am I allowed to be together with my housemates in my residence?
Yes, this is allowed, but please avoid social contact as much as possible. Here too, you must keep a distance of 1.5 metres where possible.

Am I allowed to receive visitors in my student residence?
The government advises you to avoid social contact. You are allowed to receive a maximum of three visitors at the same time. Here too, you must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other at all times.

Are students allowed to sit on the pavement in front of their residence?
The pavement is classed as public space. Here too, groups of three persons or more must keep the required distance of 1.5 metres between each other. As students are not regarded as a joint household as meant in the emergency regulation, they must also keep a distance of 1.5 metres between each other in public spaces.
Furthermore, gatherings are forbidden even if you keep a distance of 1.5 metres. This applies not only to organised gatherings and pre-arranged meetings, but also to spontaneous gatherings. Please use your common sense and limit the number of people you are with outside.

Visit the website of the Municipality of Leiden for more information.

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