Mandatory face masks, with a few exceptions, are becoming the norm
Translated by Adriana Dancu
From December 1, you can be fined 95 euros for not wearing a face mask in public indoor areas. After a report in the De Telegraaf newspaper, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and Security confirmed that Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus’ (CDA) proposal will go to the House of Representatives for approval next week. The fine will not include people having a criminal record, however, reports the NOS.
It was already known that the cabinet wanted to make wearing a face mask mandatory. The legal substantiation for this proposal will come with the new Coronavirus law, which has been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Until December 1, the use of a face mask remains only ‘urgently recommended’.
No criminal record
The amount of 95 euros is at the same level as other Coronavirus fines. Fines for violating anti-corona measures were adjusted to 95 euros, as a result of pressures from the House of Representatives. Previously, for not keeping proper distance or having too large gatherings in one place, people could be fined 390 euros. This level of fine carries a criminal record in the Netherlads however, groups in the House of Representatives did not consider it justified that people could incur a criminal record as a result of not respecting the anti-Coronavirus measures.
Those excempted from wearing a face mask are people who suffer from physical, mental or psychological disability or a chronic illness. Face masks do not have to be worn during sports, acting, or when practicing other performing arts. Face masks can also be taken off during media appearances.