Anyone who does not wear a face mask in certain parts of Amsterdam from tomorrow risks a fine of 95 euros. The amount of the fine is not yet known in Rotterdam.
The obligation to wear a face mask for everyone aged 13 and older applies to 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. More areas may be added in the near future.
Non-medical mouth mask
According to the safety region, wearing a non-medical mask, both on the street and in shops, is necessary in places where it is tight and busy and where other measures do not work sufficiently or lead to undesired economic effects. The obligation does not replace the rule of keeping 1.5 meters away.
Also in Rotterdam from Wednesday between 6 am and 10 pm a mouth mask is mandatory in a number of areas in the city, including the Coolsingel, Lijnbaan and the covered shopping centers Alexandrium and Zuidplein. The amount of the fine has not yet been announced.
“Mayors may not introduce duty”
Professor of law and society Jan Brouwer of the University of Groningen said last week that mayors are legally not allowed to introduce mask protection in their city or region. He does not expect this to hold up in court, as there is not yet a special corona law for such a duty.
The Dutch BOA Association said it was “unnecessarily complicated” to find that there are now local differences in the wearing of face masks. The union called for the obligation to apply in all busy places. Chairman Ruud Kuin calls it “typical Dutch that it is left to the local government. They just don’t agree. And they are talking about ‘custom local’ – I think that is nonsense. Why would a busy shopping street in Nijmegen be different from Amsterdam? ”.
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