Last updated on 30 December 2020
Face mask requirement and measures against coronavirus in the Netherlands - October 2021
Den Haag, September 28, 2020
Due to the increasing number of corona infections in the Netherlands, the cabinet has announced new measures at national level tonight. In addition to tightening up the current measures, Ministers Rutte and De Jonge have confirmed that the cabinet does not want to lock down the country immediately. Therefore, stronger measures will be introduced nationwide from the 29th of September at 6:00 PM.
Requirement and advice to wear a face mask
Where you are required to wear a face mask
Face masks remain mandatory on public transport, in airports, taxis, and ferries across the country.
Nursing home employees and visitors must wear protective medical masks, as specified in a note by Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health).
Advice to wear a face mask
On the 28th of September, the mayors of the 25 security regions asked the cabinet to determine a central approach against coronavirus. In the main cities, the cabinet has not introduced a requirement to wear a face mask but has recommended wearing it in shops and in interior spaces. Retailers may refuse someone if they do not want to wear a face mask.
Also on September 28, Mayor Halsema of Amsterdam encouraged all residents to wear a mouth mask in the public closed spaces.
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, also chairman of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, wants face masks to be worn in more places: "Actually, this should be an advice for all residents, for all places where many people are together like town halls and museums."
The retailers and the catering industry are asked to include a duty to wear masks in their policy.
For example, HEMA has communicated that it will advise customers in the major cities to only enter shops with a face mask; wearing a mask is mandatory for the staff in those branches.
It is also urgent to wear a mask for all professions which involve direct contact with public. The measures apply to the regions:
The national measures against coronavirus concern the following points:
- Working from home will be more strictly enforced. Employers will be held accountable for violations and temporary closure of a company is one of the possibilities
- Restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs must close their doors at 10 p.m., and are not allowed to let customers in from 9 p.m. This rule applies to the restaurant industry all over the country
- No public is allowed at competitions (both professional and amateur competitions) and sporting events
- Limit travels and movements with public transports as much as possible
- Only necessary journeys to and from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague are allowed
- New rules for group activities:
- You may not receive more than three guests at home outside your own family
- Outside gatherings, for example in cafes, may not exceed four people
- Gatherings of a maximum of 40 people are allowed in the open air
- Gatherings of a maximum of 30 people are allowed in the open air inside.
- A compulsory registration is introduced for professions where close contact with customers is required (so provide your details when you go to the hairdresser) to make the source and contact investigation of the GGD easier
- You can only enter the supermarket with a shopping cart, which is disinfected in advance
- Scale down regular care in hospitals every coming weekend.
The new corona rules are in force as of the 29th of September at 6 p.m. and will last for three weeks.
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