National Security Council: Phase 5 of the phase-out plan not activated

July 23, 2020

Belgium will implement new restrictions to stop the further spread of the coronavirus instead of further relaxing the measures. This was announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilm├Ęs during a press conference following today’s National Security Council.

This means that the maximum number of people allowed at events will not be increased. Until further notice, events remain subject to a capacity limit of 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors.

Fairs and shows will not be able to resume before 1 September.

From Saturday 25 July, wearing a face mask will be mandatory in more public places, such as busy shopping streets, markets and in public buildings. When going to the bathroom in a restaurant, you will also need to wear a mask.

Clients in restaurants, cafes and bars will be asked to leave an email address or telephone number. This info will be destroyed after 14 days. A standard form for this will be available by Saturday.

The contact bubble of 15 people per week remains.

Mayors of cities and municipalities will be able to take additional measures themselves, to combat local outbreaks more effectively. These measures can range from requiring face masks in additional places to implementing a local lockdown, in extreme cases.

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Ministerial Decree 24 July 2020