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Belgium - Covid-19 regulations:

Overview

Belgium has tightened its coronavirus measures for at least the next four weeks, with new limits on social contact and events, after a 71% surge in new infections in the past week. From 29 July, for four weeks minimum, social contact must be limited to five people.

Source(s):
diplomatie.belgium.be.
www.info-coronavirus.be.
Last updated: 11th August 2020

National movement

Available

Cross-borders

Available – non-essential travel outside EU and Schengen area prohibited. Some travel restrictions still imposed on some countries within Europe. https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en. As of 5th August, trips to and from some regions of Spain, Switzerland and France are banned, as well as regions of Bulgaria, Romania and in the UK, Leicester. 14 Day isolation and screening is mandatory for Belgians returning from these areas. UK and EU nationals will be able to enter Belgium from outside the EU, the four other Schengen countries and the UK but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Also from August 1, anyone returning to Belgium from abroad or wishing to stay in the country for more than 48 hours must fill in an identification form, giving their detailings and where they have stayed over the last 14 days.  
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Airports

Open – restrictions apply – temperature testing on arrival at Zavantem

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Public Transport

Operating with social distancing – Masks mandatory

Taxi

Operating – masks mandatory

Guides / Assistants

Guided visits are allowed outside with 1.5m social distancing. (Museums may have different regulations for visits.)

Coaches

Transport in Belgium and even abroad can be provided by coach or taxi, respecting Belgian governmental measures on border crossings.

In order to allow sufficient distance between passengers and the driver when boarding and alighting, some rules depend on the number of doors:
- If the vehicle has 2 doors, boarding and alighting is always via the rear door. To this end, the following message will be displayed on the front door: “Use only the back door of the bus.”
- If there is only one door, the driver will get off the bus and let the passengers get on or off before getting back on the bus him/herself.

Social distancing must be kept to a maximum when passengers are travelling. Thus, only passengers getting on or off the bus should be standing. If there are several passengers in the same place, a distance of 1.5 metres must be observed between each of them.

If an allocation of seats has been previously defined with the organizer, the boarding order will be established according to it.

Boarding and disembarkation take place according to the FILO (First In Last Out) principle. When boarding, we recommend that, when getting on board, each passenger gets into the seat furthest away from the door to avoid any proximity to passengers already installed. For disembarkation, the passenger closest to the door goes out first.

We would also like to remind you that moving about on board a coach is prohibited during the journey. It is very important to respect this rule in order to maintain social distancing during the journey.

The toilets are closed for safety reasons. For long journeys, breaks can be taken at the request of passengers

The protection of passengers and the driver is also ensured by the regular disinfection and ventilation of the vehicles. To this end, suitable cleaning equipment is available to each driver and a cleaning procedure has been put in place.

Every person aged 12 and over must wear a protective mask in all our vehicles. The driver also wears a mask for the full duration of their entire passenger service, unless it is separated from the passenger area by a flexible wall.

Rail / Cable Cars

Rail available – social distancing applies – Masks Mandatory www.stib-mivb.be. SNCB is selling masks and disinfectant in 80 mainline rail stations. Because of the requirement to wear a facemask at all times, the SNCB has told passengers that eating and drinking is banned on trains and at stations until further notice.

Shops

Open with social distancing – 1 person per visit - max 30 people per store.

Shopping alone will now be enforced - groups or families no longer allowed  www.info-coronavirus.be

Masks compulsory from 11 July

Restaurants

Bars and restaurants open - No more than 10 people per table. 1.5m between tables. Customers served at tables, waiting staff to wear masks, distancing required in between kitchen staff. Max closing time 1am. Bars and clubs closing time 23:00.

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Hotels

Hotels were not obliged to close but most did due to lack of business. They are now gradually re-opening & in early September should have all re-opened. Special precautionary hygiene measures include hydro-alcoholic gel dispensers in all public areas, plexiglass screens at reception & concierge desks, regular disinfection of touch-points, surface & air disinfection for rooms & some hotels will place rooms in 24H, 48H quarantine between each occupation. Masks, gloves, hair caps for staff, uniforms steamed & kit for guests including 1 mask, latex gloves & mini hydro-alcoholic gel free for guests. FIT check-in/out & payment mainly contactless. Group check-in/out by TC or driver only, key distribution in coach. Breakfast is either by room service or breakfast box, no buffet breakfast at this time. Meals are either by room service or according to regulations in place for restaurants as mentioned above. No room cleaning of occupied rooms except on special request. Mini-bars empty. These measures vary upon each hotel according to capacity & category & for an undefined period.

Attractions

Open with social distancing. Reservations required. Masks compulsory from 11 July.

Events

From Wednesday, public events will be limited to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. Individuals will be required to shop alone and have been advised to work from home where possible.

Masks compulsory from 11 July in all shops, cinemas, museums, libraries, theatres, concert halls and places of worship.

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