Rotterdam and Amsterdam are the first municipalities to do this in certain places. The face masks are mandatory in both cities from Wednesday, August 5.
Do not introduce nationally
Opinions differ about the medical necessity of a mask. In neighboring countries, a face mask is increasingly required, but according to RIVM there is ‘no univocal scientific evidence that it works’. For the time being, the Cabinet does not want to introduce a national mouth mask obligation.
“There are different effects. On the one hand, wearing a mouth mask can help remind people that the coronavirus is there. If you see mouth masks all around you, you may be more likely to other measures, such as a meter and a half away, “she says. “Then the mask has a signal function, so it works as a kind of warning.”
On the other hand, wearing face masks in public can also have a negative effect, she explains. “That people think, I now have a mask on, so I no longer have to keep a meter and a half away. Then wearing a mask creates a feeling of false safety.”
Evers compares it to losing weight: “At first you are very fanatic, but afterwards you can easily relapse. Behavioral change requires a lot of effort, especially if it is unnatural. It is a natural reaction to sometimes let go of things. reminding you to change your behavior and stick to that 1.5 meter can have a positive effect on fighting the corona virus. ”