here is what precisely says the decree published in the Belgian Official Gazette concerning what is authorized or not at Christmas


This Friday, the Concertation Committee decided that the current restrictions on social contacts and the federal curfew between midnight and 5 a.m. will remain in force during the holiday season.

This Saturday evening, the ministerial decree specifying these measures was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. In it, it is therefore specified that “an isolated person can accommodate at the same time the long-term close contact and the additional person at home or in tourist accommodation on 24 or 25 December 2020”.

Not every two days

This is therefore not possible on both days, but for only one of these two days. Note also that contacts can be reconciled with one of these people, but not both.

For households, nothing changes: “Each household is authorized to accommodate at home or in tourist accommodation at most one and the same long-term close contact per member of the household at a time”.

To the ban on gatherings already in force (for outdoor gatherings, the rule of four remains applicable) is added a general ban on the sale and launching of fireworks, which will therefore not illuminate New Year’s Eve. .

Concretely, according to the ministerial decree, the use of the following articles is prohibited, both in the private domain and in the public space, until January 15:

– category F2, F3 and F4 fireworks referred to in Article 5 of the Royal Decree of 20 October 2015 concerning the making available on the market of pyrotechnic articles;

– pyrotechnic articles intended for theaters of categories T1 and T2 referred to in the aforementioned royal decree;

– other pyrotechnic articles in categories P1 and P2 referred to in the aforementioned royal decree.

In addition, it is forbidden to use sound cannons or carbide cannons.

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