The House of Representatives wants to put an end to the lack of clarity surrounding the wearing of masks in public spaces. The cabinet’s new directive creates too much confusion, according to a majority of the House. That is why there should be an unambiguous national policy for wearing mouth masks, say VVD, D66, SP, PvdA and GroenLinks. The PVV is not against national advice. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) announced new national measures on Monday in an attempt to break the second wave of infections. Among other things, the maximum group size will be limited (3 visitors in a household, 30 visitors in bars and restaurants, 40 visitors on a terrace) and the catering industry must close at 10 p.m. For corona fires in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, it is recommended to wear a mouth mask in shops. It is not an obligation and it is up to the retailers to talk to customers about it. The SP and PvdA, among others, believe that the government’s advice on masks creates a lack of clarity and places responsibility with retailers. “The shopkeepers are not boas”, said Lilian Marijnissen (SP). It seems that the House is currently going for a national mouth masks advice and not an obligation that currently still has legal problems. “Don’t pass on the responsibility.” Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) also believes that enforcement should not be placed with entrepreneurs. He also wants national management. PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher agrees and now wants mouth masks advice in public spaces. In the long term, this should become a mouth cap relief. According to Asscher, a national guideline provides clarity.

The political parties in the Dutch House of Representatives (in this article):

  • VVD – Party for Freedom & Democracy
  • SP – Socialist Party
  • PvdA – Labour
  • PVV – Party for Freedom
  • GroenLinks – Green Left
  • D66 – Democrats 1966

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