Share article:
Share article:

Coronavirus: How to celebrate Easter responsibly

Hiding Easter eggs in your own garden is allowed, according to Belgium's Crisis Centre. Credit: Pixabay

With a sunny Easter weekend coming up, many people are looking for ways to celebrate the holiday while still respecting the measures to contain the further spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

Earlier this week, virologist Marc Van Ranst already said that “the Easter Bunny has an essential profession,” assuring parents and children across the country that coloured eggs and chocolate could still be hidden in their gardens.

However, Belgium’s Crisis Centre took the time on Friday, during its daily press briefing, to clarify some of the measures and guidelines in relation to the holiday.

Can you hide eggs in your garden?

Hiding eggs in your own garden is allowed, the Crisis Centre said, but hiding eggs in the gardens of grandparents or friends is not, not even if grandparents stay inside and watch through the window.

Dropping off eggs and chocolate is not allowed either, as it is a non-essential journey, the Crisis Centre said. Additionally, the goal is the keep our social circles as small as possible, so inviting friends to join also isn’t allowed.

“Celebrations will have to take place in your own home, and only with the people living there. This is not the time to go and visit grandparents or friends,” said Yves Stevens, a spokesperson for the Crisis Centre.

Related News:

 

Can you organise an Easter egg hunt?

Yes, but only for your own family. Bringing along friends is not allowed.

“The police are aware of this, and will certainly not disturb the Easter Bunnies during their work,” said Van Ranst on national radio. “We have been discussing it all day, but the decision was unanimous: this is an essential profession,” he added.

However, the advice is to stay close to the area where you live. Taking the car to go to another area where eggs can be hidden more easily is not allowed either.

When encountering other families on their own Easter hunt, respect the social distancing measures and keep at least 1.5 metres distance.

Can you organise an Easter brunch in the park?

No, the same rule against picnics in the park goes for Easter brunches. Going to the park for a walk or a run with one friend is allowed, but going to sit on a bench, against a tree or on the grass is not allowed. Meeting up with friends, even when respecting the social distance, still violates the ban on gatherings.

Can you go to church on Sunday?

Yes, churches remain open for personal reflection, on the condition that you go on your own or with your family.

“All places of worship will remain open, but physical distance must be respected. Special services are forbidden,” Stevens said.

Some Easter services, however, will be televised, and the annual ‘Urbi et Orbi’ papal address from Rome will also be broadcast live on television.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

More than 1,300 Covid-19 patients in Belgian hospitals
More than 1,300 people are in hospital as a result of coronavirus infections, as the number of new cases continues to rise in Belgium. Between ...
Masks reintroduced indoors, teleworking encouraged
Masks will again be mandatory inside shops and other indoor public spaces, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced in a press conference on ...
Belgium intends to activate the pandemic law, says Health Minister
"We intend to activate the pandemic law," Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke confirmed on Tuesday in the House committee, ahead of Tuesday's ...
Offers for fake Covid Safe Tickets circulating on social media
As the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) becomes mandatory in many places across Belgium, offers for forgeries are increasingly circulating on social media. ...
EU auditors: More worried about the future budget than about pervasive errors in the 2020 budget
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) have signed off the 2020 EU accounts as giving a true and fair view of the union’s financial position but like ...
Belgium aims to tackle sexual violence with video interrogations
The federal government is looking to tackle sexual violence and increase convictions connected to this crime by relying more heavily on video ...
Duvel celebrates 150th anniversary with special brew in commemorative bottle
Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat Brewery is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the release of a special brew in a commemorative bottle shaped like its ...
Pollution scandal: 3M to show emissions don’t pose risk or halt production
Flanders has ordered American company 3M, involved in a pollution scandal in Antwerp, to prove that emissions linked to its production activities do ...
The Netherlands fears a greater rise in sea levels than forecast
Sea levels could rise by up to two metres by 2100 on the Dutch coastline – far more than previously forecast – according to an announcement from the ...
The Smurfs return to Belgian TV with the first new show since 1989
A new Smurfs show is bringing the characters of Belgium's second-most-famous comic franchise back to the small screen with their first new series, 30 ...
On this day in Brussels: An entrepreneurial journey begins
The Rue Dansaert was just beginning to become trendy when Alain Coumont opened his first bakery here on 26 October 1990. He started by baking big ...
Almost half of Belgian subsidies from EU left unused
Belgium left almost half (49%) of its subsidies allocated by the European Union between 2013 and 2020 unused, the equivalent of around €1.375 ...