Several additional measures were announced at a press conference held earlier today. These additional measures are designed to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. These measures are additional to those announced a few days ago. These measures will remain in place for the next four weeks.
These measures by the Consultative Committee (representatives of Belgium’s federal, regional, and language community governments) are as follows;
- No spectators will be allowed at professional sports matches, both indoors and outdoors.
- All amateur sports competitions for adults are now canceled. However, training may continue. Also, youth (aged 18 and below) sports match will be allowed to carry on where one parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany each child. Consumption of food and drink is prohibited.
- Universities and colleges of higher education will only be allowed to teach 20% of their courses via physical lectures or seminars with a mandatory mouth mask. However, some practical lectures (e.g. in a laboratory) are an exception. For first-year courses, 50% can be taught physically with the rest being taught by digital distance learning means.
- Theaters, cinemas, and concert halls will NOT be allowed to welcome more than 200 spectators. Food and drink are banned. Face masks are mandatory.
- Indoor cultural events (cultural, religious, educational, and association level) are allowed for a maximum of 40 people. Sufficient guarantees for a corona-proof event with a 1.5-meter distance and mouth mask should be in place. Also, food and drink are prohibited.
- Youth movements such as the Scouts and the Chiro will have to organize their activities for children over 12 outside. Mouth masks will be mandatory and activities involving overnight stays are banned during school term time.
- Theme parks such as Plopsaland, Walibi, etc, will be temporarily closed. Only the open-air areas of zoos will be allowed to remain open. The sale and consumption of food and drink is forbidden.
- The government will ensure that the capacity of the public transport is optimal during peak hours to avoid crowding.
The above measures take effect from today, Friday, 23 October 2020, and apply until Thursday, 19 November 2020, after which an evaluation will follow.
The stricter rules are needed to relieve hospitals, prevent all schools from having to close, the entire economy to come to a standstill and too many people would become lonely through a general lockdown.
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