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Belgium: from 27 June the next step in the Zomerplan / Plan « été »

The Belgian federal and state governments decided today in the Overlegcomité / Comité de concertation to activate the next step of the Zomerplan / Plan « été » on 27 June. The Comité notes that the number of daily hospital admissions has evolved over the past seven-day period to less than 75 admissions per day and that the number of hospital beds occupied by corona patients is less than 1,000. The positivity ratio has dropped below 4% during the same period.


Full vaccination

The Comité stresses the importance of full vaccination in order to maximise protection. The objective remains to vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as possible. As long as fully vaccinated persons and persons who have not yet been fully vaccinated meet each other, a distance of one and a half metres and the use of a mouth mask are recommended.


27 June 2021: new step summer plan

The reduction in the number of infections and hospitalisations will allow a new step in the Summer Plan to be taken as from 27 June:

  • Social contacts: up to 8 people indoors, excluding members of your own family and children up to 12 years of age. This also applies to family holidays in tourist accommodation. Tourist accommodation that can accommodate more than 15 people is not restricted, provided that applicable protocols are respected.

  • Shopping: No more restrictions on the number of people you can shop with. Mouth masks are still compulsory.

  • Hospitality:

  • A maximum of 8 people is allowed, not counting children under 12. A household may share a table.

  • The compulsory closing hour will be extended to 1 am. This closing hour also applies to home deliveries and night shops.

  • The use of plexiglass is permitted on terraces as an alternative to the 1.5-metre rule between table parties.

  • Café sports and games of chance are permitted, provided that a mouth mask is worn.

  • For banquets and receptions there are no longer any attendance limits. For the rest, the rules of the catering industry apply.

  • Religious services: up to 200 persons inside and 400 persons outside. If CERM or CIRM is used, the event sector regulations apply.

  • Markets, annual fairs, flea markets and jumble sales: from a visitor volume of 5,000 people with a one-way traffic plan, with separate entrances and exits. Mouth masks are required in July and August.

  • Fairgrounds: from 5,000 visitors with one-way traffic plan, with separate entry and exit. Mouth masks compulsory in July and August. Disinfecting hands before the attraction and social distancing between visitors or admitted groups. Applicable rules are posted at the stand or attraction.

  • Admitted capacity events

  • Indoors: increase of 100% of the CIRM capacity to a maximum of 2,000 attendees, with an increase to 4,000 attendees for test events and this as soon as the COVID Safe Ticket is available and only when the COVID Safe Ticket gives access to the event.

  • Outside: increase from 2,500 to 5,000 attendees when only the COVID Safe Ticket allows access.

  • Gatherings and demonstrations: the nightly gathering ban is lifted and the restrictions on demonstrations are abolished, subject to compliance with the mouth mask obligation and the safe distance requirement.

  • Team building: physical team building is again permitted.


Service cheque sector

The Comité decides to extend the measures in force in the service cheque sector until 30 September 2021, including the employer's obligation to provide a mouth mask and disinfectant gel for each service.


Clarifications

Finally, the Comité formulated a number of clarifications:

  • For all sporting activities, each participant up to and including 18 years of age may be accompanied by one member of the same family.

  • Sanitary facilities such as changing rooms and showers may be used.

  • When catering activities are taking place at events, cultural and other performances, sports competitions, training sessions and conferences, takeaway is also allowed.

  • Organisers using the COVID Safe Ticket are not obliged to offer the testing option at the entrance of the event.

  • The mouth mask obligation at outdoor events is dropped if people are seated.


A next Comité is scheduled for 16 July.