In the Netherlands, wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in public indoor spaces, as long as 1.5 metres distance can be upheld. Places where this is not possible, such as in public transport and at airports, face masks are still required. This obligation is part of the Temporary COVID-19 measures Act.
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26 June: face mask rules eased significantly
On 26 June, step 4 of reopening society has entered into force. With this step, face masks are no longer mandatory in public spaces where 1.5 metre distance can be kept, such as supermarkets, offices, restaurants, and museums. In places where 1.5 metre distance cannot be guarateed, such as in public transport or in airports, face masks will still be mandatory. Check here for an overview of what other measures are in place.
Wear a face mask when 1.5 metres distance is not possible
In the Netherlands, the face mask regulations have been lifted in public indoor spaces where a 1.5-metre distance can be kept (or where a corona entry pass is mandatory for admittance). In the following spaces, everyone aged 13 or over must wear a non-medical face mask that covers chin, mouth, and nose:
- in public transport (trains, buses, trams, subways, ferries, etc.)
- on platforms, in station halls, and at bus stops
- in passenger transport (such as taxis)
- at airports
- in airplanes
- at secondary schools
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).
Face masks no longer mandatory 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 remain 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. For example, because they work in a public indoor area where a distance of 1.5 metres is not possible. You can also give employees the option of declaring the costs.
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).
Good to know: Customers and employees who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons may be exempt.