Face masks compulsory in busy places in Rotterdam
Gepubliceerd op: 04-08-2020
Geprint op: 23-09-2020
https://www.rotterdam.nl/english/face-masks-compulsory/
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Rotterdam residents and visitors to our city will need to wear a non-medical face mask in the centre’s shopping areas, at all large markets and in the Zuidplein and Alexandrium indoor shopping centres with effect from Wednesday 5th August.

The measure will apply from 06.00 till 22.00 hours. It will only apply to the markets on market days. You can find details of the exact locations via the website rijnmondveilig.nl.

Pilot project

The Rotterdam-Rijnmond safety region is introducing this obligation as a pilot project, as there has been a surge in the number of coronavirus cases again. This is particularly happening in areas where many people congregate and where it’s difficult to socially distance. A face mask can therefore help in such areas. The RIVM has concluded that wearing a face mask can lead to people becoming more careful and keeping more of a distance from each other. 

Keep your distance

Plus the existing rules will continue to apply: keep your distance, avoid crowds and arrange to be tested as soon as possible if you are starting to display any symptoms, however mild these may be. This will allow us to avoid any extra pressure on hospitals and healthcare staff, as well as the need to return to a (partial) lockdown.

On the street and in shops

The obligation to wear a face mask applies to designated areas and must be observed by everyone over the age of 13, both out on the street and in the shops. This concerns shopping areas in the centre of Rotterdam (including the Lijnbaan, Meent, Binnenwegplein and Coolsingel), the markets in Delfshaven, Afrikaanderwijk and the Binnenrotte and the Alexandrium (except the Woonmall) and Zuidplein indoor shopping centres.

The measure will apply from 06.00 till 22.00 hours. It will only apply to the markets on market days. You can find details of the exact locations via the website rijnmondveilig.nl. People do not need to wear face masks at locations where national measures already apply, such as catering establishments, gyms and museums. That’s because different rules are already in place here in relation to reservations, supervision and placement. This purely applies to the aforementioned areas where crowds of people are more difficult to regulate.

Signs

Signs are set up in the designated areas, which will inform and remind people about the new measure. People who don’t abide by the measures will be held accountable. This may result in the person(s) involved being asked to leave the area or be fined.

Urgency

Ahmed Aboutaleb, Chairman of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond safety region is very pleased with the introduction of the pilot project: ‘In anticipation of the national frameworks, preparations have already been made for this measure on a regional scale. In my view, face masks can increase the urgency in some areas, alongside the golden rule of keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, hygiene measures and enforcement. We are ready to launch this pilot project and hope it will help people to stay safe in the city and keep a sufficient amount of distance from each other.’

More information

You can find more information about the face mask obligation on the website rijnmondveilig.nl.

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