Wearing of face mask mandatory in shops and other indoor public spaces

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 December 2020

What changes?

Do you work in a building or space where people can enter freely? Wearing of a non-medical face mask in shops, museums, petrol stations, restaurants and theatres is mandatory from 1 December 2020 (pdf, in 8 languages). This applies to everyone 13 years of age and up.

Indoor public spaces

The face mask requirement applies in all public indoor spaces, for instance:

  • shops
  • museums
  • petrol stations
  • restaurants
  • bars
  • theatres
  • concert venues

In locations where everyone has a given seat, such as restaurants or theatres, people may remove their face masks while seated if the 1.5 metre rule can be complied with. As soon as a person leaves their seat, for example to go to the toilet, they should put their face mask back on.

Contact-based professions and (health)care workers

In contact-based profession it is not always possible to maintain 1.5 metres distance. That is why clients should wear a face mask at for example the hairdresser, nail stylist or during driving lessons.


In case of illness or impairment one may be exempted from wearing a face mask. Police officers and special enforcement officers (BOAs) may ask to substantiate such claims.

For whom?

  • shopkeepers
  • owners and operators of museums, petrol stations, restaurants, theatres, concert venues et cetera


Wearing of face masks is mandatory in indoor public spacdes from 1 December 2020.

This measure is expected to be in place for 3 months. After that period the obligation may be extended. As soon as it is no longer necessary for public health reasons, the measure will be lifted.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO