A new “Covid law” came into force on October 19, 2021 and remains in force until December 18, 2021.
In summary, a number of changes have been made to the "Covid Check" regime.
Thus, only rapid antigen tests certified by health professionals (with the exception of tests carried out in the context of education) are allowed from November 01, 2021. However, rapid self-tests will still be possible for entry into hospitals or institutions for the elderly. The age at which children are subject to the "CovidCheck" regime is raised from six years to twelve years and two months. The "CovidCheck" regime remains optional for terraces but becomes compulsory for the interior of of bars, restaurants and cafe from November 01, 2021s.
Finally, the maximum number of people at gatherings under the "CovidCheck" regime is raised to 2,000.
Summary of the measures
- Option for company or administration managers to place all or part of their company or administration under the "CovidCheck" regime
- Only rapid antigenic tests certified by health professionals (with the exception of tests carried out in the framework of education) are allowed from November 01, 2021.
- "CovidCheck" regime on the terrace for the HORECA sector remains optional
- "CovidCheck" regime mandatory inside HORECA establishments from November 01, 2021
- Possibility of gatherings of up to two thousand people in the context of activities that take place under the "CovidCheck" regime
Activities in restaurants and bars
Bars and restaurants may receive guests indoors as well as on their terrace in respect of the following regulations:
- Only seating is allowed.
- With the exception of take-away, drive-through and home delivery services, consumption at the table is mandatory for the customer.
- A maximum of 10 persons may sit at each table (unless the persons come from the same household or live under the same roof).
- Wearing a mask is compulsory for staff who are in direct contact with guests.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory for guests when they are not seated at the table.
- Tables must be at least 1.5 metres apart or separated by a physical barrier.
The conditions do not apply when establishment opt for the “Covid Check” regime.
Inside cafes, bars and restaurants, customers and all staff of the establishment concerned are subject to the “CovidCheck” regime without the need for prior notification from November 01, 2021.
These regulations also apply to bars or restaurants belonging to hotels or other accommodation.
Measures for commercial activities
Shopping centres with a surface area of 400 m2 or more and which have a shopping mall will have to submit a health protocol that needs to be validated by the Department of Health.
Public and private gatherings
- Masks must be worn in all circumstances for activities open to a circulating public and taking place in an enclosed area, except for activities taking place under the "Covid Check" regime.
- Any gathering of more than ten and up to and including fifty people is subject to the condition that people wear masks and maintain a minimum distance of two metres.
- However, the requirement to maintain a minimum distance of two metres does not apply to people who are members of the same household or who are cohabiting, or to groups of people consisting of no more than four people.
- For gatherings between 51 and 2.000 people, a mask must be worn and there must be assigned seats with a minimum distance of two meters in between.
- Gatherings exceeding the number of 2.000 persons are prohibited. This does not apply to the freedom to demonstrate or to markets that take place outside. Wearing a mask is compulsory at all times.
The conditions listed do not apply when the gatherings are held under the "Covid Check" regime.
- The obligation to be assigned seats does not apply to the exercise of the freedom to demonstrate, funerals taking place outside or markets.
- Events whose sanitary concept has been previously checked and validated by the Department of Health may gather more than 2.000 people.
- Wearing a mask is compulsory for passengers in public transport (except for the driver when an interpersonal distance of two meters is respected or a separation panel separates the driver from the passengers).
Measures concerning musical and sports activities
- The practice of sports and physical fitness activities is permitted without the obligation of physical distancing and the wearing of a mask, provided it is carried out individually or in a group of no more than 10 people.
- If the group exceeds the number of 10 persons practising a sport or physical culture activity, a physical distance of at least two metres must be maintained between the different actors.
- The sports facilities must be at least 10 m2 per person practising a sport or physical culture activity.
- Participation in sports competitions is only open to participants and supervisors who present a valid certificate of vaccination, recovery or, from November 01, 2021, a certified negative rapid antigen test. Athletes under the age of 12 participating in a sports competition are exempt from producing such certificates.
These restrictions do not apply to sports and fitness activities that take place under the "CovidCheck" regime.
- Musical activities are permitted without the need for physical separation and masks, provided that they are performed individually or in a group of no more than ten people.
- A maximum of fifty persons may gather to perform a musical activity simultaneously in an establishment hosting music ensembles or in the open air, provided that a physical distance of at least two metres is maintained between the different musical actors at all times.
These restrictions do not apply where the activity takes place under the "Covid Check" regime.
Police controls :
As part of the fight against the spread of the virus, the police are monitoring the application of the new legal provisions in force since 1 November 2021, in particular the Covid Check system, during this phase of the health crisis.
The police presence has both a preventive and repressive character and is essentially concentrated on the hotel and catering sector and events, particularly during weekends.
Checks on establishments are carried out in a targeted manner as well as in the context of ordinary missions.