June 17, 2020

Thanks to the relaxation of the coronavirus measures, Utrecht University and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht are able to resume a limited number of teaching activities such as practical education or examinations for students at Utrecht Science Park from 15 June until the summer break. The first phase of this gradual reopening has not caused any issues. Other institutions and R&D companies have slightly increased their occupancy as well. During the past period, most of the regular care in hospitals was resumed on top of the ongoing emergency care.

The quick scan based on the forecasts that were supplied in advance by the partners at Utrecht Science Park, Rijnsweerd and Kromhoutkazerne showed that a limited relaunch could take place gradually from 15 June, taking into account the guidelines from the national government for public transport as well as cycle and walking routes, among other things. These figures still underline the need to work from home if possible, take most classes online as well as spread traffic flows to and from Utrecht Science Park. Given the expected increase of visitors, the capacity of public transport has also been expanded.

In close consultation with the partners in Utrecht-Oost, the city council, the province and the transport providers are monitoring the impact of the phased scale-up intensively to prepare us for the consequences of further decisions taken by the government, including on how to continue the gradual scale-up of teaching and other activities from 1 September. It goes without saying that the potential relaxation of measures still depends on how the coronavirus situation develops.

For a proper assessment of the capacity needs in public transport as well as the potential bottlenecks at such areas as intersections, the partners at Utrecht Science Park/Utrecht-Oost have been asked to update their forecasts.