Career Expo suspended due to coronavirus

The Career Expo of the Wervingsdagen, which were to take place in the Auditorium and Atlas today and tomorrow, was suspended this afternoon by order of the Safety Region Brabant. This has just been announced.

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The mayors of Eindhoven, Tilburg and Den Bosch held a press conference during which they announced that all major events - attended by more than a thousand people - will be cancelled in Brabant. With over 3000 visitors over a two-day period, the Career Expo is such a major event. By order of the Safety Region, the Career Expo was suspended today at the end of day one. Boris Zwaan, chairman of the Wervingsdagen, says he finds it “very unfortunate that the event can’t continue. Together with the Executive Board, we’re making all the arrangements to cancel everyone. The Executive Board handles the services and students, we make sure that the companies and helpers are informed.” Zwaan was unable to say more at this point.

Everything still seemed fine this morning, although there was some criticism for not cancelling the Career Expo while the university urged its employees to work from home if possible.

Common sense

Mayor John Jorritsma of Eindhoven emphasized that Brabant won’t be put under lockdown, but urged everyone to use their common sense. “Think about whether it’s wise to attend major events. I urge organizers of smaller events to think for themselves whether it’s wise to proceed.” With the package of measures, the mayor hopes to slow down the further spread of the coronavirus.

The mayor of Tilburg, Theo Weterings, recommends that everyone is cautious with social contacts, in order to contain the virus. “We need to make an all-out effort in Brabant to accomplish this.”

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