Face masks mandatory in the municipality’s public spaces as of 1 December

Published: 1 December 2020Modified: 8 January 2021

As of 1 December 2020 it is mandatory to wear face masks in municipal buildings. This is set by law. This applies to everyone aged 13 years and older.

The municipality will check if you are wearing a face mask in its buildings and is doing so to protect its visitors and employees. You may not enter any municipal building if you are not wearing a face mask.


If you are not wearing a face mask you risk a fine of € 95. If you do not follow the instructions of the security guards or municipal staff, the municipality could call the police.


The face mask rule does not apply to you if you are unable to wear a face mask because of a disability or illness. Read about the exceptions on thewebsite of the Dutch government.

Identity check

The face mask rule does not apply when the municipality wants to check your identity, for example when you are applying for a passport. You may then briefly remove the face mask. After you are checked you need to put it on again.

More information

For more information about the basic rules for everyone in the Netherlands, see the website of the Dutch government.

Also see: Coronavirus