FAQ Corona

Dear employees

You are all familiar with the Corona virus, like everyone else we find it very sad that this is happening to all of us.

Veritec would like to inform you about the guidelines we use and answer some common questions.

There are no signals from our government that it isn’t possible to work, so if you are healthy you need to go to your work.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The situation right now in the Netherlands is still controllable. We follow the rules of the government and the RIVM. The Dutch government wants to control the virus by creating group immunity. They don’t want to do a total lock down like other EU countries. For recent information you can check the following site: https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/current-information-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19. Since this is the Dutch rules, we are asking you and all others to keep working. Many scientists and institutions advise the Dutch government, so we follow their advice and doesn’t take measures on our own.

Yes, our clients are still open and are on a tight schedule. Our clients count on us and you to provide the necessary skills to finish their projects. We can’t let them down!

If you have symptoms such as a cold, cough, fever or sudden loss of smell or taste, stay at home. The normal sickness rules apply. So if you want to report sick, do it by e-mail info@veritec.nl. When we received an e-mail we will call you to check if you have any symptoms.

If you have any symptoms you can get tested to see if you are infected with coronavirus, this will help us control the spread of the virus and protect one another.

Call the toll-free number 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you’re calling from a foreign phone). Via this number you can make an appointment to get tested for free.

If you have (mild) symptoms of COVID-19,

You can only make an appointment if you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, such as:

  • cold-like symptoms
  • a stuffy nose
  • a runny nose
  • sneezing
  • a sore throat
  • a cough
  • fever
  • or sudden loss of smell or taste.

If you have severe symptoms or belong to an at-risk group, contact a doctor or A&E department. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.

To prevent sickness and contamination of the coronavirus, you can do the following things:

  • Don’t shake hands anymore.
  • Avoid contact with other sick persons, even if they only have the flu.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (40 to 60 seconds).
  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Cough or sneeze in the inside of your elbow or in a paper towel.
  • Use paper towels after washing your hands.

If the Netherlands will also be in lock-down and you can’t leave the Netherlands anymore. Veritec will do everything to be the best agency as possible. Like you are used to, Veritec always tries to be the best employer. So, in case if we do need to live in quarantine, Veritec will still provide the housing for our employees. Furthermore, you will also receive financial compensation when the Netherlands goes in lock down. But this only happens when you remain working in the Netherlands the coming period.

The reason you don’t get a temperature check is because it is everyone’s own responsibility to keep out of touch with other people when you feel sick or have temperature. Again: We follow the rules of our government. They understand more from this disease then we do. Our clients also follow the rules of the government, so when the government tells them that it isn’t necessary to have a temperature check, our clients won’t do it.

If you travel by car, taxi or passenger van, the guidelines of the RIVM apply. Since 1 July: wear a face mask if you are in a car or bus with people from another household. By traveling less, people end up in fewer places and there is less contact with others. This way the virus can spread less quickly. Therefore, travel less often, avoid crowded places, travel outside rush hour. This applies to all modes of transport.

With or without a mouth mask in the car
Whether or not you wear a non-medical mouth mask in the car depends on the situation:

  • A mouth mask: you are in the car with people from another household.
  • No face mask: you are in the car with people from the household.
  • Children up to the age of 12 do not need to wear a mouth mask.

If you want, you can always wear a face mask in the car for extra safety.

Whether or not a mouth mask and other rules in the taxi
The following rules apply in the taxi:

  • Mouth mask: you travel with more passengers in the taxi.
  • No face mask: you are the only passenger in the taxi.
  • If possible, you reserve the taxi in advance.
  • You will receive a health check. The driver asks if you have complaints that are compatible with corona. If you have one, you cannot take the taxi.
  • The driver will ask you to place the luggage in the trunk yourself, if you can.
  • The driver will ask you to open the doors yourself, if you can.

If you travel by bus or train, it is mandatory to wear a mouth mask.

Update Coronavirus 29-9-2020

During a national press conference, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Hugo de Jonge announced new measures to reduce the amount of people coming into contact with one another. This is essential in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. These national measures will come into effect on Tuesday 29 September at 18.00 and will be in force for at least the next three weeks.

  • You can host no more than 3 guests in your home, garden or on your balcony. This is in addition to members of your own household and does not include children under the age of 13.
  • In other buildings, no more than 4 people can form a group. This does not include children under the age of 13. This means that a single household or 4 people (maximum) – excluding children – can make a reservation at a cinema or restaurant.
  • The number of people in a room (except work environments) is limited to 30 people.
  • Establishments serving food and drink can accept no new customers after 21.00 and must be closed by 22.00.
  • Sports clubhouses will be closed.
  • Restaurants, cafés and bars must ask guests to provide their names and contact details for contact tracing by the municipal health service (GGD) in the event someone is infected. Indoor spaces with a continuous flow of visitors, such as historic buildings, libraries and museums – but not retail businesses and markets – must operate using reservations on the basis of time slots. More detailed consultations will take place with the cultural sector in this regard.
  • The relevant safety region will consult with individual venues to determine the maximum number of visitors -permitted at one time, taking account of the size of the venue and the 1.5 metre rule.
  • Retailers will need to limit the number of shoppers to ensure than they can remain 1.5 metres apart. Together with industry bodies and on the basis of the local situation, steps will be taken to ensure larger stores in the food sector to open up for one hour twice a day only for older people and those in vulnerable groups.
  • People working in contact-based industries must ask their customers to provide their names and contact details.

Conclusive note:
We understand the concerns, but there is no reason for panic! No one ever solved anything by Unnecessarily panicking. The rules and regulations our clients and we follow are according the Dutch government and institutions, which are supported by various scientists and researchers. I’m sure they know more than we do about how to control the disease.

Our government took precautions really quick, so the situation in Holland is certainly not out of control. Even though the people who get sick every day is increasing, we still have it in control, our hospitals still have enough capacity.

We count on you to remain at your work and finish the job!

Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:
033-299 7687

Or contact George Lionte:
+31 6 83 95 76 34