Even though the Easter holidays were finished some time ago, the government’s “Easter pause” for Belgium’s coronavirus restrictions only ends today.
As Prime Minister Alexander De Croo made clear at one of the previous Consultative Committee meetings: this does not mean that new relaxations go into force, but rather that the extra restrictions that were imposed over the four-week “pause” will be lifted now.
In practice, people can get together in groups of up to ten people (outdoors), go shopping (without an appointment), and go to the hairdresser or any other non-medical contact profession again.
Test events in the culture and events sector will also be possible from now on, but people hoping to grab a drink on a terrace in the sun will have to have a little more patience.
“The progress of the vaccination campaign allows us to say that, on 8 May, the so-called ‘outdoor plan’ can come into force, meaning the terraces can open,” De Croo said during the press conference last Friday.
From then on, terraces will be allowed to receive up to four customers per table again – as long as everyone keeps their distance and follows the rules – between 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM.
Will you go shopping again? Have you booked an appointment to have your hair cut? What do you think about the 10:00 PM closing time?
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