When we look around us we have the impression that there are a lot of folks who seem to come from another planet where they do not know that there is a dangerous virus going around this globe. They do not take any precautions to avoid the virus spreading further. In case much more people would have kept a distance and wearing mouth masks as well having had a vaccination, we would have already for a long time some more normal life. But now, because of so many not taking enough precautions, we have a yo-yo effect because the government does not want to listen enough to the medics but prefer to find a balance with the economic sector.
The government has set once more some rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.
They and we can only hope that more people shall come to see the seriousness of this disease and shall follow these rules. This way, you will avoid becoming ill or making others ill.
Thank you for following them.
Together we’ll stop the coronavirus.
Please note: Some cities and towns have stricter rules. For example, in cities where not enough people have been vaccinated, such as in Brussels. Check the website of the city or town.But generally you can say we have to respect the basic principles
- hygiene measures (e.g. washing hands, coughing and sneezing hygiene)
- we have to keep the distance rule = the safety distance of 1.5 m is the norm,
- outdoor activities should be prioritised wherever possible. Where necessary, indoor areas must be adequately ventilated;
- wear breath protection i.e. mouth mask worn correctly (nose and mouth completely covered): The mouth mask obligation has been further extended and is widely used from the age of 10. For example, you will also have to wear a mouth mask when moving around in the hospitality industry.
- Teleworking will again become compulsory for positions that lend themselves to it. If your boss does not wants to do it, try to convince him for keeping to this rule.
- The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is extended to include a mouth mask requirement in the following sectors:
- public events and private meetings with more than 50 persons inside or more than 100 persons outside,
- catering industry, also when private meetings take place
- theatres, concert halls, music halls, cabarets and other performing arts facilities, cultural centres and multi-purpose halls for cultural activities, indoor circuses, cinemas, museums and (indoor) amusement and theme parks.
Measures per region
- You are allowed to move around freely.
- If you are using public transport (bus, tram or train) and are you older than 12 years of age, wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose.
Shops and catering industry
- All shops are open.
- When you enter the store disinfect your hands first. Wear a face mask.
- Do you own a shop? Read the guide by the FPS Economy.
- Markets are being organized.
- Night shops are open.
- Hairdressers and other non-medical contact professions, such as pedicure and beauty salons, are open. Wear a face mask.
Bars and restaurants
- Bars and restaurants are open.
- You need to have a Covid Safe Ticket. You can find your Covid Safe Ticket at www.covidsafe.be or via the CovidSafeBE app.
- Do you own a bar or restaurant? Read the guide by the FPS Economy.
Sports and leisure
- Events or shows can be organized, for example theatre, professional sports competitions or concerts.
- Organized activities, such as sports clubs or associations, are allowed.
- Religious services are allowed.
- You can practice sports anywhere.
- Dance clubs and night bars are open
- In some places you need to wear a face mask indoors. For example: in libraries, theater halls, concert halls, sports centers, etc.
- In some places you need a Covid Safe Ticket. For example: at large-scale events, in dance clubs and in fitness centers.
- You can find your Covid Safe Ticket at www.covidsafe.be or via the CovidSafeBE app.
- Do you have to show a Covid Safe Ticket? Then wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory.