Today the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) came together with Minister Van Ark (Medical Care) to discuss mouth masks, among other things.
The OMT still sees no reason to oblige mouth masks. According to them, there is no scientific evidence about its effect.
As a result, there will be no mandatory national masks as a result, according to the decision of the cabinet. The safety regions are still discussing local measures to “influence people's behavior”. So it is still not clear what form that will take. It is not yet clear whether this will be used as a prelude to a national obligation.
Hubert Bruls, the chairman of the Security Council, was asked by the NOS whether the masking obligation is not being implemented because of the 'right to privacy':
“That is one of the questions you have to sort out carefully. For the record: that applies to every measure that we as a security region can take ” - Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen
It has been clear for some time that the presidents of the safety regions have different views about a mouth masking obligation. Some don't like it, others want to take over as much power as possible in order to implement a duty.
All measures for COVID-19 are taken on the basis of emergency regulations. Local administrators, such as mayors, cannot make decisions about possible restrictions. Only the cabinet can impose such restrictions. Even the Upper and Lower Houses have no power over this, because it is not a law.
We will keep you informed of further developments ...