In the times of coronavirus, it is important that people avoid busy places in order to minimize their exposure to contacting the virus. As shops are allowed to open again, and the fact that it is the holiday season, we expect that shopping areas will be busy. But how busy is that?
You can easily check how busy the shopping streets are in Leuven before you go/get there. If busy, you should postpone your visit because of the coronavirus measures that govern how shops are operated during the coronavirus times.
The pressure gauge (on the site above) indicates with color codes how busy it is in the shopping streets.
Color codes, meanings and instructions
: too busy and keeping your distance is difficult. Postpone your visit.
: busy and there are long queues. We do not recommend coming to the shopping streets.
: not busy. You can keep enough distance. There is a queue at some stores.
: It’s quiet. There are almost no queues.
Measures guiding shopping in Leuven
- Shop alone unless you are accompanying children or others.
- You are allowed to stay in the store for a max of 30 minutes.
- Keep your distance, even in the queue outside the store.
- Walk on the right side of the street and follow the arrows.
- Wear your mouth mask.
Bondgenotenlaan is traffic-free on weekends. You can use the full width of the road. In the shopping walking section of Mechelsestraat, one-way traffic from Mathieu de Layensplein, towards Vismarkt and Wandelingenstraat, applies on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm. The Saturday market moves to Ladeuzeplein.
Cyclists are to get off during opening hours, especially when it is busy. You are not allowed to park your bicycle or moped in the shopping streets.