Why is there a partial ban on face coverings?

In some situations it is necessary for people to be able to make eye contact and identify each other, in order to provide a service or for security reasons. For example, on public transport and in the buildings of healthcare and educational institutions or government organisations. These are places where people meet and cannot avoid each other. That is why, from 1 August 2019, you may no longer wear clothing in these places that makes your face unidentifiable. This includes full-face motorcycle helmets and burkas.

In the Netherlands everyone is free to dress as they wish, so long as this does not undermine the freedoms of others. People’s freedom to dress as they please is limited at locations where communication is essential to providing a high-quality service or ensuring people’s safety. On public transport and in and around government, healthcare and educational buildings, it is important that everyone can recognise each other and see each other’s faces. That is why, from 1 August 2019, you may no longer wear clothing in these places that makes your face unidentifiable. This means that you may not enter a bus, hospital or school for example, while wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet, balaclava or burka.