Yuriko Nakao / Getty ImagesPeople eat and drink on an open terrace of a restaurant along a canal on June 9, 2020, in Leiden, Netherlands. (Yuriko Nakao / Getty Images)
Government officials in the Netherlands will not ask citizens to wear masks, as they say there is no clear evidence that doing so would slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Reuters reported the decision was made Wednesday and announced by Dutch Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.
The policy was also reviewed by the country’s National Institute for Health, which said it could not support advising residents to wear masks whenever they are out in public, despite a surge of cases in the country.
Instead of mandating facial coverings, the country will seek a solution that includes more physical distancing.
“Because from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that