Coronavirus: act thoughtfully and limit risks

Last update: 26 February 2021

On this page, you can read about how we as an employer are tackling the coronavirus and the measures we are taking to reduce the risk of more infections. As well as what you can do to help. Of course, we will also answer any questions you may have about the impact the coronavirus is having on your work.

Curfew

The government has tightened the corona measures on January 21. One of the new measures is a curfew, which has taken effect since Saturday 23 January. This means that it is prohibited to be on the street between 9:00 PM and 4:30 AM. This measure affects everyone who has to travel for work, or work outside, during curfew times. You must be able to demonstrate that it is really necessary that you are out of the house at that time. You do this by carrying an employer's statement, a personal statement and your ID.

We will do everything we can to inform you correctly and provide you with the correct documents if needed. More information about the curfew can be found on the website of the Rijksoverheid.

Our branches are temporarily closed

At Olympia, we take our social responsibilities extremely seriously and follow the guidelines issued by the Dutch government. All normal Olympia branches have therefore been closed temporarily. We will however continue our work online, so you can still count on us. Have a question about these developments? Then contact your contact person from the branch.

An Olympia contact person will continue to be present at some clients’ locations. In these situations, we are taking all precautionary measures necessary to guarantee the safety of our employees and flex-workers.

Limit risks

It is important to continue to follow the Dutch government’s guidelines

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues. Throw them away after use.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms such as a head cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, a raised temperature or fever or sudden loss of smell and/or taste (without a blocked nose). Make an appointment for a corona test.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arm’s lengths) from others.
  • Work from home, unless this is impossible.
  • Avoid crowded places.
  • Wear a non-surgical face mask in all public indoor areas (for example shops, stations, restaurants) and when performing contact services. 

The additional corona measures may change. Look for the latest current measures on the website of the Rijksoverheid.

Stay alert

Follow the Dutch government’s guidelines at all times and stay alert. We will be doing this too. Has something changed at work? Then we will contact one another immediately. 

Finally

Your work is important. So is staying healthy. By acting thoughtfully and minimizing risks, we can ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work. Thank you for your help in this. 

Frequently asked questions and answers

What should I do if I have symptoms or if I have been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus during the past two weeks?

In these cases, you need to be extra alert. Check the Dutch government website to find out what to do in your situation. If you can't come to work, contact your contact person at the branch. You can be tested for the coronavirus. To make an appointment, see the Dutch government website.

What if someone in my household or family has cold-like symptoms and a fever (above 38 degrees Celsius) and/or shortness of breath?

Follow the advice of the Dutch government and stay at home. Contact your contact person at the branch.

What if I do not have any symptoms?

Then just go to work. If your manager tells you or us that something has changed at your work, we will we will contact one another immediately. 

Can I visit your branch offices?

No, this is temporarily not possible. 

What can I do to reduce the risk of infection?

The most important measures you can take can be found on the Dutch government website.

What should I do if I think that a colleague is taking increased risks?

See the information on the Dutch government website and point this out to your colleague.

Encourage your colleague to act in accordance with the recommendations. If you have doubts about whether your advice is being followed, then report this to your Olympia contact person and to your manager with the client.

What should I do if I know that I am infected?

Stay home, or go home,  and report sick immediately to the client and your contact person at the branch. The procedure for reporting sick is the same as with a ‘normal’ case of illness. The municipal health service [Dutch: GGD] will determine what further measures are necessary.

What should I do if I know that someone at my work is infected?

In such a case, the GGD will determine what measures should be taken. 

How can I travel safely?

Study the risks and the preventive measures you can take before you set off. See nederlandwereldwijd.nl for more information on this.

Are you thinking of taking a non-essential trip to a country that is code orange or red? Then look carefully at the possible consequences. For example, when returning from these countries, you will often have to go into quarantine, meaning that you won’t be able to work.