Wearing face masks is mandatory in public transport. The Dutch government strongly advises everyone to also wear face masks in public indoor spaces. This is not compulsory. You are allowed to deny clients and guests access to your shop or restaurant, if they are not wearing face masks.
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Face masks in public indoor spacesThe government strongly advises everyone to wear a non-medical face mask that covers chin, mouth and nose in all public indoor spaces, such as:
- parking garages
- gas stations
- theaters and concert venues (face masks are not mandatory when seated)
Obligation to wear a face maskThe government is working on an obligation to wear face masks in indoor public areas, such as stores, museums and airports. If the law is passed, the wearing of a non-medical face mask will then be mandatory for anyone 13 years of age and older.
What if you make wearing a face mask in your business a rule?As the owner or manager of a public indoor space, you can decide to make wearing a face mask mandatory, and put them in your house rules. If you require that your clients and guests wear a face mask, it is up to you to enforce it. The Dutch government advises clients to wear a face mask when they are standing or moving around in the public indoor space. If your customer is seated (for instance in a restaurant), they can take the face mask off - if they can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres.
Face masks in contact professionsDo you practice a contact profession, like hairdressers or massage therapists? Then you and your clients are strongly advised to wear face masks.
Face masks in public transport and trafficIn public transport, it is not always possible to maintain 1.5 metres distance. For that reason, wearing a face mask is compulsory:
- in public transport (trains, buses, trams, subways, etc.)
- in taxis
- in coaches
- on ferries