Nine out of ten restaurants in Belgium ready to reopen next week
Share article:
Share article:

Nine out of ten restaurants in Belgium ready to reopen next week

Credit: Belga

Over 90% of restaurants in Belgium are planning to reopen on Wednesday next week, when the hospitality sector can reopen indoor areas, according to a survey by restaurant booking platform The Fork.

Since the reopening of terraces last month, over half of restaurant owners surveyed by the platform have resumed business, and in the first two weeks after reopening, 80% of the level of bookings made in the same period in 2020 was recorded on The Fork, which is concidered positive, as the offer was limited to outdoors.

“It’s very positive that customers started booking their next restaurant outing just after the announcement of the reopening,” Damien Rodière, The Fork’s managing director for Western Europe told L’Echo.

However, the cancellation rate during these two weeks was 4%, twice as high as before the pandemic.

“Customers are tempted to book in several places to make sure they get a table, but they don’t always cancel the reservations they won’t honour, which has a considerable impact on the sector,” Rodière added.

The Consultative Committee had previously announced that from 9 June, the hospitality sector will be allowed to serve clients inside again, with a maximum of four people per table (as with terraces, exceptions will be made for larger households).

Opening times for indoor areas are limited to 10:00 PM, however, the closing time for terraces will be moved up to 11:30 PM, from 10:00 PM.

These relaxations would only be made if about 50% of adults had received at least one vaccine dose, and if the number of patients in intensive care units due to the coronavirus dropped below 500. As it currently stands, both these requirements have been met. 

Yes to planned relaxations, no to new relaxations

From 9 June, other relaxations will be made including among others the reopening of fitness centres, cinemas, theatres, whilst people will be allowed to receive four close contacts at home.

Despite the fact that all coronavirus figures in Belgium are going in a favourable direction, Corona Commissioner Pedro Facon said people should not expect any new relaxations from the Consultative Committee scheduled for this Friday.

“However, the danger has not gone away,” Facon said. “We will announce the planned relaxations on Friday, but I do not expect any additional easing on top of those that were planned.”

Latest news

Increase in number of people ‘asking King for mercy’ through royal pardons
More and more people living in Belgium have been seeking royal pardons, mainly for fines, largely as a result of it now being possible to send in ...
England now accepting cheaper Covid tests from fully vaccinated travellers
Fully vaccinated travellers who enter England from non-red countries will only be required to book a lateral flow test to take following their ...
Re-introducing face masks indoors considered as Covid-19 situation worsens
Belgium's council of ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the worsening epidemiological situation, and reintroducing face ...
Federal museums to receive €2.9 million booster shot
Federal museums will receive an additional €2.9 million in support from the government for the fiscal year 2021, of which the first payouts will be ...
European Parliament emphasises healthy food and animal welfare in EU Farm to Fork Strategy
The European Parliament adopted this week a resolution on the EU Farm to Fork Strategy calling for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food ...
Threats of strike action could affect Brussels’ STIB network from Monday
Brussels public transport operator STIB's trams, buses and metros could be affected from Monday 25 October onwards as the union representing the ...
Number of international adoptions in Belgium continues to drop
The number of regulated international adoptions authorised by Belgium further dropped in 2020, continuing an ongoing decreasing trend. Last ...
Disaster drill with emergency services held at Brussels Airport
Around 300 people took part in a disaster drill held was organised on Saturday by Brussels Airport in collaboration with external emergency services ...
Austria presents bill to legalise euthanasia
Austria’s government on Saturday presented its proposals for legalising assisted suicide, in response to a Constitutional Court ruling that the ...
Brussels’ Museum Night Fever draws in some 12,000 visitors
Some 12,000 participants took part in the 14th edition of Museum Night Fever in Brussels, with the 29 participating museums filled to the maximum ...
Relaunch of 10,000 steps campaign to get Flemish people moving
The Flemish government is breathing new life into its 10,000 steps campaign to get people in the region moving after a recent survey found that a ...
‘No scientific basis’ for giving everyone third dose, vaccine expert says
The head of Belgium's Vaccination Taskforce has argued that there is not enough scientific evidence to support the Flemish government's decision to ...