26 October: Tight measures taken by the Brussels Government
The Expat Welcome Desk informs expats in Brussels about the latest measures taken in Belgium to limit the spread of Covid-19.
1. Stop the spread of Covid-19
Wear a face mask is again compulsory in all public places (except when excercising outdoors and biking);
Respect the hygiene rules;
Take your activities outside;
Think about vulnerable people;
Keep your distance (1.5 meters);
Limit your close contacts;
Follow the rules on gatherings.
2. Social contacts
2.1 Social bubble of 1 person (from 19.10 until 16.11)
With whom citizens have close contact;
Always the same person;
Children under 12 do not count;
Keeping a distance of 1.5 meters is not mandatory;
Mask is not mandatory.
2.2 Private gatherings at home
With 4 people maximum;
Always the same people;
Children under 12 do not count;
Keeping a distance of 1.5 meters or wear a mask.
2.3 Non-organised outdoor gatherings
Maximum 4 people;
Exception: family bubble (same roof);
Respect the distance of 1.5 meters;
Excluding children younger than 12 from restrictions.
In Brussels Region: closure of cultural venues (museums, exhibitions halls, etc.) and closure of recreational facilities including amusement parks, cinemas, betting agencies, casinos, etc.
Night clubs = CLOSED Coffee shops, cafeterias, bars = CLOSED Shops = only one person to do the shopping (+1 minor). Only disabled people are allowed to be accompanied by an adult. All shops close at 8 pm. Restaurants = CLOSED but take-away meals authorised until 10 pm
Curfew - Prohibition to be on the public highway between 10 pm and 6 am in the Brussels Region; - Except for essential and non-deferrable travel (medical reasons, business trips and commuting between home and work).
- Prohibition of religious services and ceremonies with the exception of funeral ceremonies, but only in the presence of a maximum of 15 people, with a distance of 1.5 metres between each person and without the possibility of the body being exposed;
- Religious weddings are allowed, but only in the presence of the spouses, their witnesses and the minister;
- The same goes for religious ceremonies which are recorded for the purpose of broadcasting by all available channels and which take place only in the presence of a maximum of 10 persons, including the persons responsible for the recording, with a distance of 1.5 metres between each person, and provided that the place of worship remains closed to the public during the recording;
- Civil marriages are allowed, but only in the presence of the spouses, their witnesses and the registrar.
Teleworking becomes the rule:
For functions where that is possible;
With respect for the continuity of the management of companies and organisations, services and activities.
In Brussels Region :
- Closure of sports halls (including swimming pools, ice skating rinks, fitness halls and gyms, etc.) except for activities for children under 12 years of age ; - Ban on all amateur sports competitions; training is only allowed for children under 12 years of age.
- Training courses are also allowed for children under 12 years of age.
Public transport remains operational:
Mask is mandatory;
Drivers not required to wear mask if well-isolated in a cabin.
Taxis/carpooling are allowed to transport customers but:
Minimum distance of 1.5 meters;
Number of persons transported varies according to the type of vehicle;
A household or people from the same bubble can travel in the same car, no social distancing;
Recommended to regularly ventilate and clean the vehicle.
Not possible for a resident of a non EU country IF the country of departure is not « approved » on the FPS Foreign Affairs website
Exceptions: see the list for “key workers” below.
8.6 Exceptions “essential trips” for key workers or people travelling for compelling reasons
- Health professionals, health researchers;
- Frontier workers travelling for work;
- Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the proper functioning of those organisations, military staff, Civil Protection staff, police officials and humanitarian staff, when performing their duties;
- Passengers travelling for compelling family reasons:
to provide assistance or care to an elderly person, minor, disabled or vulnerable person;
in the context of co-parenting;
to a partner who does not live under the same roof;
in the context of a funeral or cremation;
in the context of a civil or religious marriage;
justified by family reunification.
- Third-country nationals travelling for study purposes;
- Pupils, students and trainees travelling as part of their training;
- Journeys abroad in the context of professional activities, including commuting.
IMPORTANT: It is necessary to be able to prove journeys for essential work or compelling reasons by a plausible proof
A toll-free number: 0800 14 689 accessible from 9 am to 5 pm on working days.
If you are resident in the Brussels-Capital Region and you do not have a regular doctor, call 1710. It is primarily intended for people with cough, cold or fever symptoms, who suspect they are infected with coronavirus. An uninterrupted response is assured (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).