Primary schools, childcare, out-of-school care and special education can be partially reopened after the May holidays, according to experts, at which the cabinet is heading into the corona crisis.
This is evident from the advice of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), which was leaked on Tuesday morning. It contains the main scientists who advise the cabinet on how to deal with the corona crisis. Secondary education could reopen a month later, provided that “no outbreaks have occurred in schools in the meantime.”
The scientists’ advice has so far been followed almost immediately. According to the advice, they do not yet agree whether primary schools can open completely immediately or whether half-classes will be opened. “The OMT recommends starting preparations for half-occupancy per day, until more data becomes available from Scandinavian countries where the schools are now open or are opening”, it can be read. There should also be an opportunity to quickly testing for the coronavirus.
The OMT thinks that children can also start exercising slowly again. Team sports training for children under the age of 12 outdoors could even be done without keeping 1.5 meters away. Young people between 12 and 18 can also train again, but must keep to the 1.5 meter distance, the advice is.
It is still too early to lift the ban on visits to nursing homes, the OMT thinks. “The OMT estimates that allowing visits to nursing homes increases the chance of infecting vulnerable persons and thus also the chance of the virus entering and spreading within the nursing home,” it reads.
The experts consider the risks “public health” from contact professions that normally already use personal protective equipment, such as dentists and dental hygienists, to be “manageable.” The OMT is still too unclear about the other contact professions next week.
The cabinet will meet later on Tuesday about the advice. On Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. there will be a press conference with Prime Minister Rutte who will announce more about the measures.