Coronavirus (COVID-19) is turning everything upside down. In the second half of March, it was quiet on the roads in the Schiphol region. There were no traffic jams and the number of passengers on public transport decreased by more than 85% during the morning rush hour. We are forced to work from home and to adjust our daily routines of working and living.
Some are able to continue working, and are even under extra pressure, such as businesses supplying supermarkets, hospitals or pivoting business operations. Many entrepreneurs in our region have seen their turnover disappear for the next few months. Some businesses have come to a standstill with a shock.
The question is, how do we want to continue in the future? Which also applies to this programme, and its work towards changing behaviour to bring about a liveable and easily accessible region. Our work and travel behaviour has changed as a result of the current situation. We’re experiencing the pros and cons of working from home, but above all, learning that it is possible. Our digital networks can handle it and there are excellent programmes available for online consultation, training courses and asking colleagues for feedback via a shared screen. We can use this experience to shape the way we work and live in a smarter way. Let’s hope that we will have more opportunities to make individual choices on a voluntary basis in the coming period, while retaining the collective responsibility for each other that we feel now.
On behalf of all the partners of the Alliantie Groot Schiphol Bereikbaar, I wish you strength in what you are dealing with, in your organisation and your personal circumstances. Stay positive and continue to work together – together we will achieve more!
Jeanet van Antwerpen
Chairperson of the Alliantie Groot Schiphol Bereikbaar