We would like to inform you about the HOBIJ COVID-19 policy updates, which possibly affect our flex workers, clients and support colleagues.
As you might have heard we are currently in lock down.
We understand that these lock down measures are strict and quite impactful. Of course they aim to reduce the number of COVID infections and who knows, at the end of this lock down we even might see an increase in work after Holland opens up again.
The following rules apply during the lockdown from December 15th until February 9th in The Netherlands:
1. Rules for everyday life
- Stay at home as much as possible. Also during the holidays.
- A maximum of 2 people may be together outside. Or all people who belong to 1 household.
- Receive up to 2 people at home.
- On 24, 25 and 26 December you may receive a maximum of 3 people at home.
- People who work in healthcare are allowed to continue working.
Children up to 12 years are not included in these rules.
2. Rules for shopping and entertainment
3. Rules for sports
- Theaters and cinemas are closed.
- Hairdressers, beauticians, and nail salons are closed.
- Tattoo shops and nail salons are closed.
- Saunas and casinos are closed.
- Hotels are open for overnight stays. The restaurants in hotels are closed.
- Most shops are closed.
- Supermarkets are open. The bakery, butcher and other shops for food and drink are also open.
- Drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, hearing care professionals and shops for repair and maintenance may also remain open.
- Hardware stores are open for takeout.
- Places where you can pick up and send parcels may remain open.
- Banks remain open.
- Government organizations remain open.
- Libraries remain open to collect books.
This applies to everyone from 18 years and older:
4. Rules for travel
- Sports are allowed alone or together with 1 other person.
- Sports are only allowed outside.
- All gyms are closed.
- Competitions are prohibited.
- Sports canteens are closed.
- Changing rooms and showers are closed.
- No audience is allowed to come and watch.
- Top athletes in top competitions are allowed to train and play matches.
- Children up to the age of 17 are allowed to play outside in larger teams. Or play outside matches with teams from their own club.
This infographic shows a summary of the last Dutch press conference:
- Only travel by public transport if absolutely necessary.
- Do not book a trip abroad.
- Do not travel abroad.
There is a policy in the making to vaccinate migrant workers here in the Netherlands. Do not worry about that, labor migrants will also be vaccinated. Labor migrants are expected to join the regular groups, that is by age. For migrants not registered as residents the calls for vaccination will be subject to a separate policy. Only when labor migrants are registered as residents in the Netherlands can they be summoned by the government in the regular way.
As soon as there is other news regarding the vaccination of flex workers, we will also inform you immediately!
FACEMASKS MANDATORY IN PUBLIC AREAS
As from December 1st it is obligatory to wear a face mask in all indoor public areas. The fine for not wearing a face mask in a designated area is 95 euro.
- People aged thirteen and older are obliged to wear a mouth mask in public indoor areas. Unless they use an assigned seat or, in special situations, a fixed place where they are allowed to perform an activity.
- The obligation does not apply to people who are unable to wear a mouth mask due to a disability or illness.
- People wearing a mouth mask must still adhere to the safe distance standard.
- A public indoor area is defined as a space that anyone can access. Think of museums, libraries, shops, cafes, restaurants and their terraces, cinemas, theaters and zoos.
If you need a free washable face mask, this can be arranged through HOBIJ.
It's also mandatory for everyone at the HOBIJ office in Veghel to wear a face mask when walking around.
TRAVEL & QUARANTINE POLICY
Traveling is still strongly discouraged until at least March 31st. If you still need to make a necessary journey, you must coordinate this with your job coach in advance. If there is no necessary trip, the quarantine period is at your own expense.
For new arriving colleagues:
Upon arrival in The Netherlands and before you can start working, you need to go into quarantine.
In case you would need medical care within that quarantine period, HOBIJ will make sure that you receive that care. In addition, HOBIJ also provides groceries and a free accommodation to stay during this period.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A CAR
A number of 3 people together in a HOBIJ car is allowed.
As you will understand, these developments could affect your job at some point. Therefore we work closely with all our clients to be able to ensure housing and income for all our flex workers, now and in the future.
If your job is (temporarily) canceled and you performed well, we will arrange alternative work at one of our other customers. After your Jobcoach or Flexmanager places you on our “transfer list”, our recruitment department will get in contact with you within one working day to discuss the available options.
Procedure reporting sick
- During working hours:
As a flex worker you contact your jobcoach or flexmanager, they will contact the HOBIJ Case Manager.
- Outside of office hours:
Are the complaints getting worse and can you not wait until the next morning? Then you can contact the public information number 0800 - 1351 (between 08:00 and 20:00). The number can be reached from abroad by calling +31 20 205 1351.
Pay attention: Never go to a hospital or doctor without telephone contact/ an appointment!
Travel advice color codes from 20-11-2020. (Click here for the Dutch government website)
VISITING THE HOBIJ OFFICE
For anyone who visits HOBIJ's head quarters, these are the measures you must adhere to:
All our housing locations have been checked for safety. This means that all beds are at least 1.5 meters apart. Replacement locations have been sought at locations where the 1.5-meter distance is not feasible. The locations are also provided with posters, which once again describe the most important safety measures:
Protective equipment such as gloves and soap is provided at work locations.
We know that these measures are not easy, but we count greatly on your contribution! If you have any questions about the measures or the coronavirus, you can always contact your Job Coach or Flex Manager at HOBIJ.
If you come across a situation on the work floor or in an accommodation where we can do something to improve safety, then we would like to hear that.
Good luck and above all stay healthy!