Masks to be introduced in hospitality sector again: reports

Masks to be introduced in hospitality sector again: reports
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Belgium’s Consultative Committee may have decided that customers will have to wear face masks in the hospitality industry again, and in all places where the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is required, according to reports in local media.

Customers will reportedly have to wear a mask again when entering a hospitality establishment, when walking around and when going to the toilet, reports Het Nieuwsblad, citing confirmation from several sources.

When sitting down, the mask is allowed to be taken off. This measure is said to come on top of the CST.

On top of bars and restaurants, face masks will be made mandatory in all places where the CST was required, such as fitness centres and events.

Nightclubs and discos would reportedly be able to avoid the mask obligation by letting their customers take a self-test at the entrance, on top of their CSTs, various sources confirmed to Het Laatste Nieuws.

At the previous Consultative Committee meeting at the end of October, the authorities already reintroduced the obligation to wear a face mask in indoor spaces like shops, shopping centres, healthcare institutions, concert halls, sports centres, libraries and places of worship.

Everyone from the age of 10 years old will reportedly also have to wear a face mask in indoor public places and public transport.

As Education is a Regional competence, however, it will be up to the Regional Governments to decide whether this will also be the case in schools, according to reports in De Morgen.

However, the Consultative Committee is still ongoing, and these reports remain unconfirmed until/unless they are announced by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo at a press conference later today. The timing has not been announced yet.

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