Ministerial Decree clarifies Belgium’s new coronavirus rules
Monday, 19 October 2020
Belgium’s strict new coronavirus measures have been published as a Ministerial Decree in the Belgian Official Journal on Sunday evening before they took effect on Monday, resolving some uncertainties for several businesses.
Coffee bars can therefore also stay open for takeaway coffee, if they comply with the safety regulations. During the lockdown in March, there was some confusion regarding coffee bars, mainly because the federal measures were not entirely clear.
Additionally, hotels are allowed to stay open. “Restaurants in hotels can also remain open, but only for the guests staying at the hotel,” Stevens clarified.
While party and event halls also have to close for the coming month, an exception will be made for gatherings after funerals. Under strict conditions, gathering in such a hall after a funeral or a cremation is still possible.
Lastly, the sale of alcohol is banned after 8:00 PM, including in shops that can stay open until 9:00 PM, Stevens stressed. “The store can stay open, but alcohol can no longer be sold after that time,” he added.
Additionally, the Crisis Centre is updating the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on its website. “People with additional questions can also see if they can find their answer there,” Stevens said.