Face masks and your company

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Business.gov.nl | Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Financing Desk, KVK | Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands, wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in the workplace. The urgent advice to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres remains. Face masks are still required in places where this is not possible, such as in public transport and at airports beyond customs checks.

Face mask no longer required in the workplace

In the Netherlands, the face mask regulations have been lifted in most places. This applies to workplaces as well. The advice to keep a safe distance of 1.5 metres remains in place.

Face masks in taxis, public transport, and aeroplanes

In the following spaces, you must wear a non-medical face mask, even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • in public transport (trains, buses, trams, subways, ferries, etc.)
  • on platforms, in station halls, and at bus stops;
  • in passenger transport (such as taxis and coaches);
  • in airplanes and at airports beyond the security checks.

Exception for people with disabilities or illnesses

The requirement to wear a face mask does not apply to people who are unable to wear a face mask due to a disability or illness. You must be able to demonstrate why you fall under the exception (in Dutch).

Enforcing the face mask requirement

Do your customers have to wear face masks, for example in your taxi or coach? You may refuse them entrance if they refuse to wear a face mask without a valid reason. You risk a fina if you admit customers who do not observe the face mask requirement.

Face masks in contact professions

Do you practice a contact profession, like hairdressers or massage therapists? Then you and your customers no longer have to wear face masks. Registration and health checks are no longer mandatory. Read more in this article.

Spray shield or face shield at work

A face mask can be inconvenient during work. If you cannot wear a face mask while working, you may opt for a splash shield or face shield. Your staff should then keep their distance from each other and customers, just as they would with a face mask. Spray shields are not as effective against the coronavirus as face masks. Air can flow along the side.

Reimburse face masks for your employees

Free or reimbursed

You must provide face masks free of charge if your employees are legally obliged to wear them. You can also give employees the option of declaring the costs.

Tax-free reimbursement

You may cover the costs of face masks for your employees free of taxes. These costs count as being part of the public transport costs for commuting. Tax-free reimbursements are part of the work-related costs scheme (werkkostenregeling, WKR).

This information is provided by

Business.gov.nl
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Financing Desk, KVK
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO