Horecabond KHN believes that entrepreneurs should determine themselves whether they require the wearing of mouth masks in their business.

The union said this on Wednesday in response to the urgent advice from Prime Minister Mark Rutte to wear face masks in public interior spaces from now on.

KHN adds that the cabinet must provide better substantiation of the usefulness of the caps.

On Wednesday, Rutte said during a debate in the Lower House that people are urgently advised to use a nose and mouth mask.

When people sit down, they can take it off.

However, it is not an obligation.

Despite Rutte's statements, KHN does not advise its members to make it compulsory to wear a cap and the association considers it a choice of the entrepreneurs themselves.

Earlier this week, the catering association said it would like to receive more information from the cabinet about why mouth masks are needed and what the safety benefits of wearing them are.

It is striking that the Amsterdam department of KHN advised its members on Tuesday to introduce a mandatory mouth masking.

It was in response to the advice of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema, who said on Tuesday that she wants a mouth mask to be worn in all public interior spaces.