Anti-coronavirus measures, general practitioners, prosumer tariff …: what changes on October 1

A Following the National Security Council (CNS) last Wednesday, several measures taken as part of the plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic will be adapted from October 1.

For example, it will no longer be compulsory to wear a mask outdoors, except in places with high traffic and in places where the safety distance of 1.5 meters cannot be guaranteed. However, the mask will remain compulsory on public transport, in shops and in cinemas. And the Brussels authorities have decided for their part that each citizen must always be in possession of his mask.

A new quarantine system will also be put in place since the isolation period will be reduced from 14 to 7 days. “If you have symptoms of Covid-19, contact your doctor, who will immediately put you in isolation for a week. If you test positive, quarantine for a week is still required. If the test is negative, you can immediately suspend the quarantine, if your health allows it ”, explained Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès (MR) on this subject.

Another adaptation: the number of guests at professionally organized events will no longer be restricted. For events organized on a private basis without professional supervision, the limit remains fixed at 10 people. In addition, dancing evenings will not yet be permitted.

Finally, in Wallonia, regional agents faced with the need to keep their child under 15 at home will be authorized to take unpaid leave.

A new barometer relating to Covid-19

A new barometer relating to Covid-19 will be launched from October 1 to all Belgian general practitioners. This project will be carried out in collaboration with the Sciensano Public Health Institute, the National Institute for Sickness and Invalidity Insurance (Inami) and with the associations of general practitioners Domus Medica and the Scientific Society of General Medicine (SSMG).

Consultations with general practitioners concerning respiratory problems, including Covid-19, will be listed on the basis of the electronic medical record, which will automatically generate the number of patients suffering from respiratory disorders. The doctor should then send this result to Sciensano two to four times a week.

The barometer will thus provide the health care sector with the opportunity to follow the evolution of the situation of primary care.

The institute also specified that the general practitioners participating in the barometer will be able to count on financial compensation for this collaboration.

Prosumer rates

The prosumer tariff will come into effect on October 1, putting an end – provisional? – the many twists and turns that will have punctuated the launch of this fee that the CWApE, the energy sector regulator in Wallonia, intends to impose on holders of photovoltaic panels for their use of the energy network.

This agreement was to put an end to the tense discussions between partners of the majority, the MR being firmly opposed to this tariff imposed on the holders of photovoltaic panels to cover their use of the energy network.

According to the plans of the regional executive, holders of photovoltaic panels were to receive support for non-self-consumed electricity which was to cover 100% of the prosumer fee for 2020 and 2021. For the years 2022 and 2023, this support was to be reduced at 50% and constitute an incentive to increase the rate of self-consumption. Beyond 2023, a new tariff period was to begin, without any further support.

Thalys

The train company Thalys readjusted its offer from October 1, given the drop in the number of passengers in this context of health crisis.

Faced with the passage of a large part of the Netherlands and Paris in the red zone, as well as other travel restriction measures from other countries where Thalys operates, the company is reducing the trains in circulation to reach 40% from its usual offer from October.

Motorists

As of October 1, motorists must form, in the event of a traffic jam, an emergency rescue lane for each direction of travel, on all roads with two or more lanes.

Concretely, the vehicles on the left lane will have to fall back as far to the left as possible in the event of a traffic jam, while the vehicles on the remaining lanes will have to tighten as much to the right as possible. This corridor must imperatively remain free.

Social energy tariffs will increase again on October 1, after the sharp drop in the previous quarter. That of electricity will increase by about 2.5% from next month (single and dual hourly) and natural gas will even be 15% more expensive, details the Creg, the energy monitoring body, which in sets the amounts.

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