VideoMayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam wants everyone in the region to wear a face mask in all publicly accessible indoor spaces. She gave that urgent advice tonight during a press conference at the town hall. She said that this will also apply in the regions of Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Haaglanden and Brabant-Southeast.
In doing so, these regions go a step further than the government’s advice that calls for masks to be worn in shops. According to Halsema, the large number of corona infections in the city requires this. The advice also applies, for example, to catering establishments, museums, libraries and government buildings.
“We want it to become self-evident in our city and region that you wear a mouth mask in an indoor space,” said Halsema. According to her, legal advice has been obtained for a masking obligation, but this is difficult to arrange at a regional level. According to her, the new measures should lead to a 40 percent drop in the number of infections over three weeks. If that fails, more severe measures are needed.
Second corona wave
According to the mayor, Amsterdam is in the middle of a second corona wave. “We are at the top of the fire in the Netherlands, but now also high in the international rankings. The relief we all felt for the summer has now given way to great alertness and worry. Of course we took into account that autumn would be problematic, but that the second wave would arrive so quickly is worrying. ”
Halsema warns against the enormous pressure on healthcare. “I’ve talked to doctors who are in pain in their stomach from the wave that’s coming,” she said. “We have to adjust our behavior and drastically limit our social contacts.” According to the mayor, it is now hardly possible to find out where someone has been infected from source and contact research.
She said she was confident that Amsterdammers would adhere to the new rules. “At first people thought it wasn’t going that fast because the hospital admissions didn’t go up. But now we see a doubling of the number of hospital admissions in a week. ”
Halsema acknowledged that the local economy will be hit hard by the new measures. She said she therefore hoped that “all Amsterdammers will do their utmost” to prevent the city from heading for tougher measures, such as an intelligent lockdown.
The mayor of The Hague, Jan van Zanen, also thinks the mouth masks advice is good advice. About refusing, he says: that is allowed. ‘I would urgently recommend wearing a mouth mask in all indoor areas accessible to the public, including contact professions. I would just do it. I want to prevent us from being back here in three weeks with even stricter measures. If you look at the numbers, you have to intervene. Something is really going on. It doesn’t make me happy, but it has to be done for a while. ‘
Van Zanen appeals to everyone in the Haaglanden region: ‘Stick to the rules, that’s the best way to fight the virus. I have great confidence in the Hague public. Look how it went with Prinsjesdag. ‘
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