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Belgian Zomerplan / Plan « été » : four steps to a more normal life

The Belgian Federal Government has today decided on a broad Zomerplan / Plan « été » during the Overlegcomité / Comité de concertation. This plan allows for a return to a more normal life in Belgium in four steps.


If the number of COVID beds occupied in intensive care continues to lower towards the 500 maximum, and if the vaccination campaign continues as planned, the Zomerplan / Plan « été » provides for four important steps for reintroduction to a new normal.


Step 1: From 9 June 2021

If 8 out of 10 vulnerable people (people aged 65 and over and all adults with underlying disorders) are protected with a target threshold of 500 occupied COVID intensive care beds.

  • Each family can accommodate four people indoors (not counting children).

  • Telework (working from home) remains compulsory, with one return visit per week. No more than 20% of the employees may be present at any one time (or maximum five in SMEs with less than 10 employees). Testing is strongly recommended.

  • The hospitality industry may reopen indoor facilities between 08:00-22:00, up to four people per table or one household per table and with 1.5 metres between table parties.

  • The closing time for the outdoor hospitality industry will be changed from 22:00 to 23:30. The table rules remain: four persons or one household per table and 1.5 metres between the table parties.

  • The rules for indoor and outdoor catering will continue to evolve during the summer months. The Comité will lay down the rules.

  • Events (e.g. cultural performances, shows or sports competitions) can take place.

  • Indoors: up to 200 people or 75% of the room capacity (this room capacity is not the normal room capacity but the more limited 'Covid Infrastructure Risk Model' (CIRM)); seated, with face mask and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Outdoors: up to 400 people, wearing masks and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Non-professional sports up to 50 people indoors and 100 persons outdoors (except for contact sports).

  • Youth activities, camps and clubs: up to 50 people, without overnight stay. Pre-testing strongly recommended.

  • Parties and receptions up to 50 people indoors. Otherwise follow the rules of the catering industry.

  • Services, weddings and funerals up to 100 people inside and 200 people outside. If there is a room capacity according to CIRM, the rules of events apply.

  • Fairgrounds, non-professional flea markets and flea markets are again possible. Organisation to be carried out in alignment with the weekly markets.

  • Fitness/gyms reopened with ventilation protocols and mandatory use of air quality meter in visible place.

  • Public saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms, hammams may reopen.

  • Cinemas, bowling alleys, gaming halls, casinos, betting shops reopen with ventilation protocols. Just like indoor activities in nature parks, zoos, amusement parks, indoor playgrounds, indoor recreation, tropical swimming pools, casinos, betting shops, amusement arcades, unattended tanning beds and bowling.

  • Door-to-door sales are again permitted, as are the activities of sex workers.

  • Manifestations and demonstrations up to 100 persons, with a previously agreed route.

The Ministerieel Besluit / L’arrêté ministériel, together with the relevant sector protocols, will lay down the minimum rules.


Step 2: From 1 July 2021

If 6 out of 10 adults have had their first vaccination, if there is a favourable trend in hospitalisations and with a target threshold of 500 COVID beds in intensive care.

  • Telework (working from home) is no longer mandatory, but remains recommended, as is regular testing.

  • No more restrictions when shopping.

  • Non-professional sports without restrictions.

  • Events (e.g. cultural performances, shows or sports competitions) can continue:

  • Indoors: up to 2,000 people or 80% of the room capacity (CIRM), seated, with face mask and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Outdoors: up to 2,500 people, wearing masks and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Youth activities and camps and clubs: up to 100 people, with overnight stay. Pre-testing strongly recommended.

  • Celebrations, weddings and funerals up to 200 persons inside or 400 persons outside.

  • Parties and receptions up to 100 persons inside. Otherwise, they follow the rules of the catering industry.


Step 3: From 30 July 2021

If 7 out of 10 adults have had their first vaccination, if there is a favourable trend in hospitalisations and with a target threshold of 500 COVID beds in intensive care.

  • Events (e.g. cultural, performances or sporting events) can continue:

  • Indoors: up to 3,000 people or 100% of the room capacity (CIRM), with face masks and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Outdoors: up to 2,500 people, with face masks and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Youth activities, camps and clubs: up to 100 people, with overnight stay. Pre-testing strongly recommended.

  • Ceremonies, weddings and funerals up to 200 people inside or 400 people outside.

  • Parties and receptions up to 100 people inside. Otherwise, they follow the rules of the catering industry.


Step 3: From 30 July 2021

If 7 out of 10 adults have had their first vaccination, if there is a favourable trend in hospitalisations and with a target threshold of 500 COVID beds in intensive care.

  • Events (e.g. cultural, performances or sporting events) can continue:

  • Indoors: up to 3,000 persons or 100% of the room capacity (CIRM), with face mask and at a safe distance from each other.

  • Outdoors: up to 5,000 people. From 13 August onwards, mass events outside are allowed upon presentation of proof of vaccination or a recent negative PCR test.

  • Trade fairs allowed, according to rules other companies supplying goods and services.

  • Parties and receptions up to 250 people inside. Otherwise, they follow the rules of the catering industry.

  • Youth activities and camps and clubs: up to 200 people with overnight stay. Pre-testing strongly recommended.

The Ministerieel Besluit / L’arrêté ministériel, together with the relevant sector protocols, will lay down the minimum rules.


Step 3: From 1 September 2021

If 7 out of 10 adults have been vaccinated, if there is a favourable trend in hospitalisations and if a target threshold of 500 COVID beds in intensive care is met.

  • Events (cultural performances, shows or sports competitions) can continue:

  • Indoors: to be determined.

  • Outdoors: to be determined.

  • Mass events (both indoors and outdoors) are allowed upon presentation of proof of vaccination or recent negative PCR test.

  • Youth activities, camps and clubs: no restrictions. Pre-testing strongly recommended.

  • Religious services, weddings and funerals without restrictions.

  • Parties and receptions without restrictions inside. Otherwise, they follow the rules of the catering industry.

  • Markets, fairs, non-professional flea markets and flea markets without restrictions.

The Ministerieel Besluit / L’arrêté ministériel, together with the relevant sector protocols, will lay down the minimum rules.