Phase 2 of the summer plan goes into effect this Sunday: here’s everything that changes

Horeca, sport, worship, events, a host of changes come into effect this Sunday.

Lhe phase 2 of the “summer plan” to relax measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) comes into force this Sunday, June 27.

Last May, the consultation committee announced that this phase 2 would take effect on July 1. The progress of the vaccination campaign and the qualification of the Red Devils for the round of 16 of the European Football Championship allowed the federal government and the minister-presidents of the federated committee entities last Friday to anticipate this calendar. It is therefore this Sunday, June 27, a few hours before the kick-off of the Belgium-Portugal match.

Concretely, from this Sunday, horeca establishments can open from 5:00 a.m. and until 1:00 a.m. (compared to 11:30 p.m. currently), and offer take-out meals and home deliveries during this time slot. A maximum of eight people per table is authorized, instead of four, children up to the age of twelve not included. This “bubble of eight” also comes into force in the private sphere. In addition, the ban on installing Plexiglas panels between tables is lifted. Games of coffee (darts, kicker, etc.) and chance (bingo, etc.) are again permitted. Finally, the number of customers for indoor banquets and receptions is no longer limited.

The ban on gathering at night and during the day has been lifted. Night shops, however, must close at 1:00 a.m.

The activities organized by a club or an association can take place with one or more groups of a maximum of 100 people until July 29 inclusive, and of a maximum of 200 people from July 30, supervisors not included.

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Worship services, civil weddings, funerals and cremations are allowed indoors for a maximum of 200 people and 400 outdoors. The number of 400 people also applies for a visit to the cemetery as part of a funeral.

For culture, events, sport and conferences, a seated audience of a maximum of 2,000 people until July 29 inclusive and an audience of up to 3,000 people from July 30 is allowed inside, subject to the authorization from local authorities. Events can only take place between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Outside, the gauge is increased to 2,500 until July 29 and 5,000 from July 30. Authorization from local authorities is not required if the audience is less than 100 people (indoors) or 200 people (outdoors).

Markets, annual markets, flea markets, flea markets, flea markets and funfairs can be held. If the event welcomes more than 5,000 visitors simultaneously, a one-way traffic plan should be developed.

Finally, teleworking is no longer compulsory, although it remains strongly recommended, and all restrictions on shopping have been lifted, as the summer sales approach. There are no longer any restrictions on demonstrations.


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