Anyone who does not wear a face mask in certain parts of Amsterdam from Wednesday risks a fine of 95 euros. The obligation to wear a face mask applies to everyone from the age of 13 in five busy places in the city center, such as the Red Light District, Kalverstraat and Albert Cuypstraat.
On the Red Light District, Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk, visitors must wear a face mask day and night, both in shops and on the street. In the markets on Albert Cuypstraat and Plein ’40 -’45, the obligation applies during market times.
From tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5, it is compulsory for everyone from 13 years in parts of the city to wear a non-medical mask. These are areas where it is tight and busy and where other measures have had insufficient effect or lead to undesired economic effects. The mouth mask obligation is an experiment and does not replace the 1.5 meter rule
The municipality is starting this experiment because of concerns about the increasing number of infections with the coronavirus. RIVM recently concluded that wearing a mouth mask can lead to people becoming more careful and more distant from each other. With the help of this experiment it will be determined whether this is actually the case.
Signs are placed in the areas where the obligation to contribute applies. Retailers and market vendors are provided with poster material. Hosts indicate the introduction of the mouth mask obligation during the first days and hand out free mouth masks.
The experiment probably lasts 3 to 4 weeks. Then there will be an evaluation.