Mask Q&A

Pieces of Tomorrow started making colourful face masks in the spring of 2020. We wanted to make a product that is new to most of us that helps protect ourselves and others from Covid-19 as pleasant as possible. That is why we started designing with color and color combinations. We are now a few months further and the rules and ideas around mouth masks change per week and per country.

Following are the answers to frequently asked questions:

Can facial masks slow down the spread of the coronavirus?

Face masks in combination with other preventative measures, such as frequent hand washing and distance of 1.5 meters, help to slow the spread of the virus.

Is it better to buy a disposable mask or a textile mask?

Disposable mouth masks are suitable for single use. A non-medical textile mouth mask can be washed and reused.

For whom are mouth masks mandatory?

In the Netherlands, from 1 June 2020, all travellers from 13 years of age in public transport must wear a non-medical mask. Even if you travel by plane or with a tour bus, you are obliged to wear a non-medical mask. In neighbouring countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, face masks are mandatory in shops and catering establishments. For the latest information about mouth masks abroad see here.

Do I get a fine if I travel without a mask?

Yes, if you are checked in public transport, you can be fined € 95 in the Netherlands.

What is the difference between a medical and a non-medical mouth mask?

Medical masks (FFP2 masks) are used in healthcare and protect the wearer. Non-medical mouth masks mainly offer protection to people in the vicinity of the wearer, provided the cap is worn and used carefully.

How do I wear a non-medical mouth mask correctly?

Keep the mask clean. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after setting up. Make sure that you only touch the elastic when setting up. Make sure that the cap covers the nose and mouth well, shape the wire around your nose and keep moving away from it until you take off the mask again. If you have removed the mask, do not wear it again but use a clean one. Store the used cap in a bag and wash it. Also wash your hands if you touched the used mask.

How do I prevent my glasses from fogging up? If all goes well, your glasses will not fog up if the mouth mask fits well. It can help if you put on your mouth mask and make sure your glasses are just resting on the nose part of the mask. Opticians sell anti-fog spray that helps prevent fogging of your glasses.

How many mouth masks do I need?

If you have worn and removed a mouth mask, it should be washed. So put on a clean cap every time you travel. So for a return trip you need two face masks.

How do I wash my reusable mask?

You can wash it in the washing machine at 60 * C, with detergent but without fabric softener. You can also wash it by hand at 60 * C. Do not forget to wash your hands after putting the cap in the washing machine.

Do I have to put on the mask before I arrive at the station or at the stop?

No that is not necessary. It is the intention that you wear the mask in places where it is not always possible to keep 1.5 meters away, such as in buses, trams and trains. It is recommended to put on the mask well before boarding so that the delay at stops and on platforms is as short as possible.

Here are some tips for putting on and taking off a fabric mask:

Wash or disinfect your hands before and after putting on and removing your mask. Place your mask over your mouth and nose. Put the elastic behind the ears and make sure it fits properly. Do not touch your mask while wearing it. If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or clean your hands.

Remove the mask by lifting the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face. Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask. Wash your mask regularly with soap and water by hand or in the washing machine. It is fine to wash the mask together with other clothes.

Tips for getting used to a face mask:

Wearing a face mask is a new experience for most of us. Use the nose wire to shape the mouth mask to make sure it fits and fits properly. Start slowly and wear your mask at home for a short time, for example, while watching television. Then wear it on a short walk and slowly increase the time until you feel more comfortable.

This page will be updated if there are changes in the policy regarding. mouth masks. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and others!