October 26, 2020

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Horecabond: The cabinet needs to better justify the use of masks NOW

Horecabond: The cabinet needs to better justify the use of masks NOW

Horecabond KHN believes that entrepreneurs should decide for themselves whether to wear mouth masks in their business. The union said this on Wednesday in response to Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s urgent advice to wear face masks in indoor public spaces from now on. KHN adds that the cabinet needs to better demonstrate the usefulness of the caps.

On Wednesday, during a debate in the House of Commons, Rutte said that people are being strongly advised to use a nose and mouth mask. If people sit down, they can take it off. However, it is not an obligation.

Despite what Rutte said, KHN does not advise its members to make it compulsory to wear a cap, and the association regards this as a decision by the entrepreneurs themselves. Earlier this week, the catering association announced that it would like to receive further information from the cabinet about why mouth masks are needed and the safety benefits of wearing these masks.

It is noticeable that KHN’s Amsterdam department advised its members on Tuesday to introduce mandatory mouth masking. It was a response to advice from Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, who said Tuesday that she would like to wear a mouth mask in all indoor public spaces.