As of today, those attending outdoor events with 1,500 participants or more can prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus using Belgium’s Covid Safe Ticket (CST).
Organisers are not required to use the CST system, but if they do social distancing and face masks will no longer be needed at their event.
Just like the by-now-familiar EU Digital Covid Certificate for travel, the ticket shows that someone has been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, recently tested negative, or recovered from the virus within less than six months.
The system works with a QR code that people can present on their smartphones, via the CovidSafeBE app.
And in other Covid news, travellers vaccinated in England or Wales can now enter Belgium without a mandatory quarantine, following yesterday’s announcement that their vaccination certificates will now be recognised by Belgium.
“All the necessary adjustments to the scan-app and the backend to be able to read and validate certificates issued in England and Wales have been made,” announced Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke in a press release.
What about you? Are you Covid Safe? Is there an event you want to go to?
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Belgium is now officially recognising vaccination certificates issued in England and Wales to allow travellers to prove they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus before entering the country. Read more.
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