Urgent advisory: wear a face mask in public spaces

Published: 2 October 2020Modified: 3 October 2020

The number of coronavirus infections in the Haaglanden region is continuing to rise quite rapidly. The Haaglanden security region is extremely concerned about this. The region is issuing an urgent extra advisory to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces accessible to the public.

This advisory also applies to the Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Amsterdam-Amstelland and Brabant-Zuidoost (around Eindhoven and Helmond) security regions.

Advisory for entire Haaglanden region

The advisory applies to the entire Haaglanden region. This includes the municipalities of Wassenaar, Zoetermeer, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Rijswijk, Delft, Midden-Delfland, Pijnacker-Nootdorp and Westland. Everyone in the region aged 13 years and older is urgently advised to wear a face mask in all publicly accessible buildings such as shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, gyms, museums, Centra voor Jeugd & Gezin, city halls and city offices. People working in close-contact professions such as hairdressers, beauticians and masseurs are also urged to wear a face mask throughout the region. The security region also advises that catering establishments and retailers include the requirement to wear a face mask in their door policies.

Collective responsibility

This advisory requests that everyone take responsibility. To get the coronavirus under control, we all need to modify our behaviour. The region understands that you may have some questions. For example, you may remove your mask to eat or drink when seated in a restaurant. But still, you must keep a 1.5-metre distance from anyone outside your immediate family.  We also strongly advise you to wear your mask when walking to and from the toilets. These and more frequently asked quesitons can be found on the website van de Rijksoverheid(externe link).

3-week minimum

These national guidelines and the urgent advisory to wear a face mask will be in force for at least 3 weeks. If these measures fail to meet their desired effect, a decision will then be made concerning whether to tighten the rules. Always follow the basic rules:

    • Limit social contact.

    • Always keep a 1.5-metre distance from other people.
    • Wear a face mask in all indoor spaces accessible to the public.
    • Host no more than 3 extra guests in your home.
    • Stay at home if you have any coronavirus symptoms and get tested by the GGD. If you develop shortness of breath and/or fever, your household members must also stay at home.
    • Wash your hands regularly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately.
    • Take extra care if you are 70 or above or have underlying health issues.