The first stage of the “summer plan”, allowing a gradual lifting of health measures intended to slow the spread of covid-19, comes into force on Wednesday. The objectives set by the consultation committee to proceed with the relaxations were achieved: more than eight people at risk out of ten (over 65 years of age and people with co-morbidities) have already received their first dose of vaccine and the number of patients in intensive care fell below the indicative threshold of 500 beds.
Here are the relaxations decided:
The establishments may be open, both inside and outside, from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The number of people per table will however remain limited to four, with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between them. An exception will still be granted to people from the same household. Children under 12 will not be included. Indoors, the air quality should ideally not exceed 900 ppm (parts per million) of CO2 and under no circumstances above 1,200 ppm. Take-out meals and drinks can be offered and delivered until 11:30 p.m. at the latest. Group use of hookahs is prohibited in shisha bars, but individual use is permitted.
Culture and leisure
Cinemas, bowling alleys, casinos and betting shops will reopen with ventilation protocols and a maximum occupancy of 75% of capacity or 200 people. Indoor activities in natural parks, zoos, amusement parks, indoor play areas, indoor recreation and tropical swimming pools will also be permitted again, in accordance with protocols. Markets, annual fairs, fairs, flea markets may take place, subject to a green light from the local authorities. The discos will remain closed.
Each household, regardless of its size, can accommodate a maximum of four people in its home, not counting children up to the age of 12. In the garden, it is possible to gather up to 50 people.
From Wednesday, it will be allowed to go to the office one day a week, without being able to exceed 20% of staff present at the same time. In SMEs with less than ten employees, five people may be present.
Family shopping will once again be permitted, with no time restriction. It will also be authorized for two people who are not members of the same household. Night shops may remain open until 11:30 p.m. The general ban on selling alcohol between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be lifted. Door-to-door and sex work will be allowed again.
Professional sports competitions and training may continue without limitation on the number of participants. For amateurs, the gauge will be increased to 50 people inside and 100 outside. Changing rooms and showers will remain closed.
Clubs or associations can organize group activities with a maximum of 50 people per group, without overnight stay, until June 24 and 100 people per group from June 25.
Fitness centers may reopen, with a mandatory CO2 meter. The common changing rooms and showers will remain closed and the mask will be compulsory before and after the exercise.
Events and cults
Parties, receptions and banquets will again be authorized for groups of up to 50 people. Buffets will also be authorized again, in accordance with health protocols.
Religious services, weddings, funerals and cremations can take place indoors with a maximum of 100 people and outdoors with a maximum of 200 people, civil registrar or minister of religion not included. For major major events, the rules will not change until August 13.
Gatherings of more than four people will remain prohibited in public space between midnight and 5 a.m., excluding children up to 12 years old. Between 5 a.m. and midnight, this number is increased to a maximum of ten. Events will be authorized with a maximum of 100 people, with a pre-established route.
In the Brussels Region, it will no longer be compulsory to wear a mouth mask in the open air, except in busy shopping streets.