The Belgian has not escaped the more restrictive measures. Restaurants and cafes will have to close completely and the midnight permission is in place.
TEveryone is feeling and seeing the proximity of this virus today ”began Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD). “We are fighting an unequal fight. The difference is that the virus is very close to us. We all know someone who is very, very sick, unlike March-April. “
At the end of a consultation committee that lasted all afternoon, Alexander De Croo presented the new measures to stem the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic which is affecting the country.
“Everyone feels and sees today the proximity of this virus” began Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD). “We are fighting an unequal fight. The difference is that the virus is very close to us. We all know someone who is very, very sick, unlike March-April. “
Closed restaurants and cafes for one month
Cafes and restaurants will be closed for four weeks. An evaluation of the measure will take place after two weeks. Until now, the closure of cafes only concerned the Brussels Region and ran until the beginning of November.
The measure is now extended to the whole country and also concerns restaurants. Finding a take-out meal in a restaurant will still be possible, until 10 p.m.
“We are not going to abandon you. The federal government will double the gateway fee. We are working on an exemption from social security contributions for those who are forced to close because of this measure, ”said Alexander De Croo.
The sale of alcohol in stores is prohibited from 8 p.m. and night-shops must close at 10 p.m.
Social bubble reduced The close social contact bubble has been reduced to a single contact. Four people can be invited to the house, provided that they are the same for the next two weeks and in compliance with sanitary rules.
Telework becomes the rule
Teleworking will become the rule from Monday for functions that allow it, and with respect for the continuity of companies, activities and services.
For functions for which teleworking is not possible, all health precautions must be taken.
A nighttime curfew between midnight and 5 a.m. nationwide, from Monday, has also been decided.
Christmas markets and markets
Small markets and small fairs will be allowed subject to compliance with social distancing rules, he said during a press conference. Christmas markets will be banned.
Sports and cultural sectors
Protocols in the cultural, sports and other fields will be adapted by next Friday to the current situation under the leadership of the government commissioner for the fight against the coronavirus, Pedro Facon. In the meantime, they are applicable. Activities that are not covered by a protocol will be limited to 40 people.
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