They may not be able to travel back to Groningen
There is some concern about the position of 900 members of student association Vindicat, who are on their annual ski-trip in Northern Italy. The Dutch government has just changed its travel advice, with the region that they are in now considered unsafe.
Typically, the 900 Vindicats are choosing to go against the official advice and not come back to the Netherlands, even after Tuesday’s travel advice to Northern Italy was changed, reports RTV Noord.
Floris Hamann, the rector of Vindicat, there is little change to daily life in Sestriere, where the student association is staying. “We have had daily contact with the GGD, RIVM, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs- and we won’t leave until they say that the area is unsafe”, he said.
The Vindicats arrived in the ski resort last Saturday, and are due to leave this Saturday. Once at home they can expect a letter in the letterbox from the GGD. It contains instructions to prevent the possible spread of the virus. It is not known whether avoiding all contact with members of Vindicat is an effective way to halt the spread of the virus.
If it were the case that the Dutch authorities were to ask the Vindicat members to leave the area, a plan has been drawn up to facilitate their speedy exit, says Hamann. “If it were the case, then everything is ready and we will be back in a day. But that is not the case now, despite the stricter travel advice. From Wednesday we will review the situation for each day. “