Face masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces
From 1 December 2020 face masks must be work in all indoor public spaces and covered areas. This includes educational institutions, public transport and locations where contact-based professions are carried out, as well as shops, town halls and train stations. Make sure the mask covers your nose, mouth and chin.
Always stay 1.5 metres away from other people
Always stay 1.5 metres away from other people, even if you are wearing a face mask.
Wearing a face mask correctly
Make sure the mask covers your nose, mouth and chin. Only touch the mask with clean hands. Keep your mask on wherever it is mandatory to do so, even if there are no other people around.
Types of face masks to use
Use face masks made for use by the general public. The use of transparent face shields instead of a face mask is not permitted.
Face masks mandatory from 1 December
As of 1 December 2020, everyone aged 13 and over must wear a face mask in settings in which they are mandatory.
Reason for making face masks mandatory
Making it mandatory to wear a face mask almost everywhere automatically makes the rules clearer and helps stop coronavirus spreading.
Settings in which face masks are mandatory
Removing your mask when seated indoors
You can remove your face mask indoors once you are seated in an assigned seat, such as in a theatre. When you leave your seat, you must put your mask back on. This does not apply to public transport; you must wear your mask at all times while travelling by train, bus, tram or metro.
Face masks are not mandatory in private buildings that are not freely accessible to the public. This includes buildings where people gather to practise a religion or belief, such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues. Organisations and businesses can decide for themselves whether they wish to advise people to wear face masks on their premises. They can also choose to make face masks mandatory as part of their own policy.
If you do not wear a face mask in a place where you must wear one, you may be fined.
Face masks no substitute for social distancing
Wearing a face mask is never a substitute for not observing other measures to limit the spread of the virus. You must also always stay 1.5 metres away from others and avoid busy places.
Sometimes keeping your distance is not possible, however, such as on public transport or at the hairdresser. In such situations, face masks can help stop the virus spreading. Wearing a face mask mainly protects others around you. And if they wear a face mask, they're protecting you.
Face masks not harmful
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that face masks are not harmful. They do not cause a lack of oxygen or carbon dioxide poisoning. Oxygen and carbon dioxide can simply pass through the face mask.
Wearing a mask may sometimes be a little uncomfortable, so you should wear one that fits you well.