Well in the pub, not on the terrace. Municipality clarifies mouth masks advice


Earlier this week, Mayor Halsema urged Amsterdammers to wear a mouth mask in public indoor spaces. But there was still a lot of uncertainty about exactly what locations that concerned.

That is why the municipality is today clarifying what exactly is meant by ‘public indoor spaces’.

Supermarkets, cafes and museums

“The urgent advice applies in indoor areas that are accessible to the public,” says the municipality. ‘Think of: supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants, institutions such as museums, libraries, religious buildings and gyms,’ says the municipality. ‘The mouth mask can be removed from the seat, for example to eat or drink. The mouth mask can also be removed during exercise in the gym. Remember the 1.5 meter distance. ‘

The advice also applies in government buildings, as well as for practicing a contact profession, such as hairdresser, beautician or masseur.

Not on the patio

The municipality emphasizes on Wednesday that the call applies to indoor areas, not the terrace. ‘We do ask you to wear a mouth mask when you go in, for example to pay or visit the toilet.’

There is also no need to wear a mouth mask at home and in closed office buildings. These are not publicly accessible spaces. Working from home remains the motto.

Advice, no obligation

Wearing a mouth mask in these places remains ‘urgent advice’. Halsema is not obliged to do so because of legal risks. Institutions can therefore decide for themselves whether they actually follow the advice.

And there are quite different opinions about this, as was shown from a first round of yesterday AT5.

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