COVID-19: the Consultative Committee proceeds to stricter lockdown
The Federal Government and the Governments of the federated entities decided today in the Consultative Committee to proceed to a stricter lockdown.
The stricter rules are necessary to stop the increasing pressure on our hospitals and to reverse the curve of infections as quickly and radically as possible.
- Social life
- Each family member has the right to 1 close contact. Families are only allowed to invite one close contact into their home at a time. No other visits at home are allowed. An exception is made for people who live on their own: they are allowed to invite 1 other person in addition to their close contact, but not at the same time.
- Outdoor gatherings: rule of four, keeping a safe distance
- Funerals can have up to 15 attendees. No meal or reception afterwards.
- Prayer houses can remain open, but no services are allowed. Gatherings can have up to 4 people, with face mask and at a safe distance.
- The borders are not closed, as was agreed on a European level, travelling abroad is strongly discouraged.
- Marriages can only take place in the presence of the spouses, witnesses and civil registrars.
2 Economic life
- Working from home is mandatory, wherever possible. Where working from home is not possible, face masks and ventilation are mandatory. Company canteens have to close.
- Holiday parks and campsites will be completely closed from Tuesday morning 3 November. Indoor and outdoor activities in holiday parks are stopped until that date. Swimming pools, restaurants and bars will be closed. Meals must be consumed inside the holiday homes, as a family.
- Hotels and B&Bs can remain open, but the restaurants and bars have to close. Meals must be served in the room.
- Non-essential shops have to close, but they can organize pick-up and home delivery of goods ordered in advance. There must be no access to the shop when picking up goods.
- To maintain a level playing field, supermarkets and markets (<200 persons) must limit their product range to what is on offer in the essential shops.
- Garages and bicycle shops are only allowed to carry out repairs.
- Non-medical contact professions have to stop operating (including hairdressers, make-up artists, wellness centres, massage parlours, beauty salons).
- Companies and farms will remain open but have to comply with the rules on working from home, wearing a face mask and social distancing.
- Animal parks have to close down.
- Classes for all levels of education will be suspended on 12 and 13 November. Classes will resume on Monday 16 November.
- For secondary education, pupils in the second and third grades will switch to a maximum of 50% contact education until 1 December. We will evaluate whether going back to 100% contact education is possible again before 1 December.
- For higher education, remote teaching is provided:
- For first-year students: until 1 December, when they will be able to follow contact education again.
- For senior citizens, at least until the end of the calendar year.
- Teachers can only meet online; the same goes for teacher training courses.
- No in-person teambuilding activities are allowed
4 Start and end date
- These measures will apply on the entire territory of Belgium, as of Monday 2 November 2020.
- The measures will apply for one and a half months, until Sunday 13 December 2020. For non-essential shops, the Consultative Committee will perform an evaluation on 1 December.