The hospital board is taking the measure in response to the call by Mayor Jan van Zanen to wear face masks in public indoor spaces. Van Zanen is also chairman of the Haaglanden security region, which, together with three other security regions, wants to expand the use of masks. These are Amsterdam-Amstelland, Rotterdam-Rijnmond and Brabant-Southeast.
The safety regions do not require the wearing of face masks, but it is “urgent advice.” Healthcare institutions and, for example, also shops or catering establishments may enforce the use of mouth masks.
The HMC has also decided that employees must wear a face mask “in all care-giving situations”. In recent weeks, they had to do this when they came within 1.5 meters of a patient.
Patients and visitors are allowed to bring their own mouth and nose mask. If they don’t have one, they will be handed one at the entrance of the hospital. Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mouth mask.
Foci of contamination
The Hague has been one of the regions with the highest numbers of corona infections for weeks. Because of the risk of spread, the HMC prefers to see patients come to the hospital alone.
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