If it were up to Mayor Halsema, mouth masks will become part of everyday life in the city. And Prime Minister Mark Rutte also said on Wednesday that there is an urgent advice for the whole of the Netherlands to wear mouth masks in the public interior space. But where in Amsterdam are they compulsory, where are they advised and where are they not needed? An overview. Is a location missing? Tip us via Whatsapp.
“Too strict!” “Too vague”, “Unfree.” Amsterdammers are divided on the measures announced on Monday evening. In addition to the harsh measures, there was also an “urgent advice”. Mayor Halsema and Prime Minister Mark Rutte want face masks to be worn in all publicly accessible indoor spaces. Think of shops, but also for catering establishments, museums, libraries and government buildings. There is no obligation imposed by the government, it is up to institutions to make their own decisions.
Mouth masks are mandatory at the following institutions in Amsterdam:
Public Library Amsterdam
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all 27 OBA locations.
At the Scheltema Bookstore at the Rokin, visitors must wear a face mask.
Cinema de Filmhallen
At the Filmhallen in the Kinkerstraat, wearing a mouth mask is mandatory in the foyer, when you have arrived in the hall, the mouth mask can be removed again.
International Theater Amsterdam
Wearing a mouth mask is mandatory in International Theater Amsterdam (ITA). ITA asks visitors to put on a face mask when they enter the theater and also when they get up again during the intermission or after the performance to leave the theater. Mouth masks may be removed when visitors are seated in the room.
De Bijenkorf will oblige customers in Amsterdam to wear a mouth mask. Specially appointed safety coordinators supervise this at the door. Visitors who do not have a mouth mask with them will receive one free of charge.
The Rijksmuseum makes it mandatory to wear a mouth mask. Everyone from the age of 13 must wear a mouth mask in the Rijksmuseum. “Safety comes first,” said a museum spokesperson. The staff will also wear a mouth mask.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum also imposes a duty of masking.
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque is concerned about the taboo atmosphere surrounding corona infections in the city. In addition to the attention that the mosque will devote to the measures, a mouth mask is mandatory at every service.
The Concertgebouw introduces a duty of masking, but only when entering the building and moving through the building. In the halls themselves it is possible to keep a distance with “more than enough space”, the organization writes on its website.
The Scheepvaartmuseum is introducing mouth masks for visitors from 13 years old. Visitors have to take care of that themselves. Museum staff may refuse visitors without a mask at the entrance.
Face masks in the Stedelijk Museum are compulsory for visitors aged 13 years and older.
Face masks are also mandatory in the Tropenmuseum for visitors aged 13 and over.
Face masks are mandatory for visitors. On arrival, one can buy a mask without a mouth mask, a paper cap for 1 euro, or a reusable mouth mask that connects to the temporary exhibition.
Face masks are also mandatory in the Amsterdam Museum.
The Canal Museum also requires a mouth mask. “Bring a face mask,” says the website. All employees wear a mouth mask.
Anne Frank House
Face masks are mandatory for visitors over 13 years old.
When entering and moving around, wearing a mouth mask is mandatory in Paradiso. The hood may only be removed when visitors are seated.
In the Milky Way, a mouth mask is mandatory upon entry and all walking movements. As soon as visitors are seated in their seats, the mouth mask can be removed.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Wearing a face mask is mandatory during a performance visit in the theater. The mouth mask may be removed from the place in the room.
Anyone over the age of 13 who wants to visit the OLVG must wear a non-medical, disposable mouth mask. In the corridors of the hospital, all employees of the OLVG will also walk with protection. They themselves wear a medical mouth mask when they are in contact with patients with (suspected) Covid-19. In addition, all employees will wear a face shield: a plastic screen that is worn in front of the head. They do this in the public areas of the hospital and when the 1.5 meters inside the hospital cannot be maintained.
In the Amsterdam UMC, visitors and patients from the age of thirteen are also required to wear their own, non-medical face mask during the entire visit. Employees wear a face shield or a mouth mask in public areas of the hospital.
Jan van Goyen Medical Center
At all three locations of Medical Center Jan van Goyen, wearing a mouth mask is mandatory. If you haven’t brought your own, the staff will offer you one. Visitors are also asked to let their supervisors wait outside.
Nursing homes from Amsta
From 1 October, visitors and staff are obliged to wear a mouth mask in residential and nursing homes of Amsta. Staff already did this, if 1.5 meters away could not be kept, but will now wear a mouth mask all the time. The rule remains in force as long as there is a high level of infection in Amsterdam, Amsta writes on the website.
Cinema The Movies
At The Movies cinema on the Haarlemmerdijk, wearing a mouth mask is mandatory in the foyer. The mask may be removed in the hall.
Other institutions only propose urgent advice:
The supermarkets, including market leaders Albert Heijn and Jumbo, leave the choice for a mouth mask with the customer. Employees can decide for themselves whether they wear a cap. In Amsterdam, a mouth mask is strongly advised.
The police come with an urgent advice to wear a mouth mask in the police stations. Face masks are handed out upon arrival.
In the general public areas, GGD Amsterdam gives both employees and visitors the urgent advice to wear a mouth mask. “People are responding en masse,” said a spokesman.
Anthony van Leeuwenhoek
The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital also gives urgent advice for mouth masks in all patient areas.
In the Ikea stores in Barendrecht, Amsterdam and Delft, urgent advice is being given to wear a face mask, both for shoppers and Ikea staff.
Clothing chain H&M does not come with an obligation, but will explicitly ask visitors in Amsterdam to wear a mouth mask.
Hema does not make mouth masks compulsory, but does recommend wearing them to customers in the branches in Amsterdam and the other three major cities.
DIY chain Hornbach advises its staff and customers across the country to wear a face mask, but will not refuse customers without it. Nevertheless, director Evert de Goede does not expect any problems. “I assume that everyone will follow the advice.” Hornbach provides facial masks for employees.