Belgium’s federal, regional, and language community governments agreed to tighten the coronavirus measures to curb the spread of the virus. This agreement was made yesterday and announced at a press conference given by the new Federal Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, and the Federal Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke.

These new measures are based on the already existing measures put in place by the outgone Prime Minister and the National Security Council. Hand hygiene, social distancing, and the wearing of facemasks where social distancing is not possible are still the basic rules. The new tighter measure starts Friday, 9 October 2020, and lasts for a month (till November 9, 2020). After this, new measures will be agreed upon.

Tighter Coronavirus Measures

  • Bars and Cafés across Belgium will have to close at 11 pm instead of 1 am.
  • The maximum number of people allowed on a table (in bars, and cafés) is limited to just 4. There is an exemption for a family who goes to a bar or café with more than 4 people.
  • Close social contacts must be limited to 3 people in addition to the people/person you live with.
  • You will be allowed to invite an additional of 4 other people (excluding children) into your home provided that social distancing or wearing a mouth mask is upheld.
  • The maximum number of people allowed to meet together on the streets, parks, etc is limited to just 4 excluding children. However, this does not apply for organized events where it is not possible to have a maximum of 4 people. Also does not apply to a family gathering of more than 4 people.
  • You are allowed to go to a restaurant with a maximum of 10 people at the same time.
  • Working from home is recommended as much as possible.
  • Restaurants in Leuven will have to close at 11 pm starting from Monday 12 October 2020. However, this applies only during the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, restaurants still closes at 1 am.

  • The consumption of alcohol in public after 10:00 pm is banned.

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