BREAKING: New national face mask advice from Prime Minister

BREAKING: New national face mask advice from Prime Minister

Following a debate in the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) in which a majority voted for face masks to be made mandatory in all public indoor spaces across the country, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has update his advice. 

Advice: Face masks in all public indoor spaces in the Netherlands

At a press conference on Monday, Rutte advised all inhabitants of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague to wear a mask in shops. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema extended this advice to Eindhoven, and to all public indoor spaces in these four cities. However, many companies have already come out saying they will not enforce the rule.

Following the debate and parliamentary debate, which is still ongoing, Rutte has issued urgent advice for the whole of the Netherlands, and has asked everyone to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces. This advice is effective immediately. 

According to Rutte, there are still some questions that need to be answered in regards to the national face mask advice. More details will be announced on Friday, October 2. Rutte has said he wants schools to be exempt from the measure.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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telmita 10:43 | 1 October 2020

After months of saying masks were not proven to be effective in curbing the spread of the virus, they are now being recommended by the Government when indoors. I find it odd that it took half a year to do so. Maybe because now there are already dutch studies proving its effectiveness (even for homemade masks!)