Coronavirus: state of play in Brussels

Last update: 2 November, 2020

  • Dear visitors, dear Brussels residents, 

    To ensure that you enjoy your Brussels experience in the best possible conditions, this section provides the latest information on the measures in force since 2 November 2020, which remain applicable until 13 December 2020 in the Brussels-Capital Region (unless new provisions are announced before that date).

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    • General rules

      • Belgium is in lockdown from 2 November to 13 December 2020.
      • Wearing a mask (that covers both your nose and mouth) is obligatory throughout the Brussels-Capital Region, in both indoor and outdoor public spaces. 
      • Gatherings in public are limited to a maximum of 4 people. At home, each member of the household has the right to contact without social distancing (one close visit is therefore allowed, and a second person is allowed for persons living alone, but not at the same time as the first person)
      • A curfew is in place between 22:00 and 6:00. It is forbidden to be out between these hours (except for essential and non-deferrable journeys).
      • We would like to remind you that these measures are in addition to the 6 golden rules:
        - Respect the health and safety measures;
        - Outdoor activities are preferred to indoor ones;
        - Pay special attention to vulnerable people;
        - Respect 1m50 social distancing;
        - Limit close contact with others;
        - Follow the rules on gatherings.

    To find out more, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

    Travel and moving around Belgium

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    • It is possible to go on a day trip or enjoy a break for a couple of days within Belgium
    • Belgium's borders remain open, but travel abroad is strongly discouraged.
    • If you are thinking of travelling in Belgium or coming back to Belgium after a trip abroad, you must read the latest travel advice and fill in a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before you arrive in Belgium. 
    • If you are leaving Belgium, each country can decide whether or not to open its borders. To find out about the situation in your destination country, consult the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.  

    Transport in Brussels and Belgium

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    • Whatever mode of transport you use, it is strongly advised to check the latest information:

    Shops, hospitality and meetings

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    • Only essential shops remain open:
      • the shops considered essential are the following: food shops, pet food shops, pharmacies, newsagents, bookshops, petrol stations, telecommunications shops, emergency medical supply shops, general DIY shops, garden centres, nurseries, florists and plant shops, clothing and haberdashery shops, wholesale shops for professionals, laundries, garages and bicycle shops limited to maintenance and repairs, banks, real estate agencies;
      • non-essential shops are closed, as are all non-medical contact establishments (hairdressers, wellness centres, massage parlours…);
      • In-store purchases can only be made individually or with one other person for a maximum of 30 minutes (per shop);
      • it is possible to have purchases delivered or to go and fetch purchases ("click&collect");
      • all shops must close at 20:00 at the latest (except food & drink providers, which can stay opn until 22:00 for take-away, but alcohol sales after 20:00 are prohibted);
      • small markets remain open, but no food or drink can be sold or consumed. Jumble sales, flea markets and Christmas markets are forbidden;
    • Cafes and restaurants are closed. For certain restaurants, meals came be ordered to take away until 22:00. Hotel restaurants can provide room service meals for hotel guests.
    • Hotels are welcoming guests, you can browse a list of them here. 
    • Gatherings of more than 4 people are no longer allowed:
      • meetings, seminares and trade fairs or any other event-based gatherings are prohibited;
      • weddings take place, but only with the witnesses and registrars present;
      • religious services and non-denominational funerals and cremations are limited to 15 people;
      • receptions and banquets organised by caterers, along with meetings, are also prohibited.
    • Drinking alcohol in public spaces is prohibited, as is consumption of any food or drink at markets or in places containing several outdoor shops.

    Leisure, cultural and recreational activities

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    • All cultural, festive, sporting, recreational and event venues are closed, including:
      • guided tours;
      • casinos, games halls and betting shops;
      • wellness centres, including saunas, jacuzzis, steam baths and hammams, unless their use is private use;
      • clubs, discos and dance halls;
      • event halls and reception halls;
      • theme parks;
      • indoor playgrounds;
      • bowling alleys;
      • fairgrounds, annual markets, jumble sales, flea markets, Christmas markets and winter villages;
      • swimming pools;
      • trade fairs;
      • cinemas;
      • zoos and animal parks;
    • Libraries and bookshops remain open.
    • Outdoors, you can enjoy a break sitting in a park, an outdoor playground or natural parks, as well as the outdoor spaces of sports centres to do sports alone.
    • Sports centres are closed (including swimming pools, ice-skating rinks, gyms etc), except for activities for children aged 12 or under, or for professional sports training and competitions. All amateur sports competitions are cancelled. 
    • Places of worship and buildings intended for the public exercise of non-denominational moral services are open. No religious services are permitted, groups of maximum 4 people wearing masks are allowed in these venues.

    Work and schools

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    • Working from home is obligatory wherever possible. 
    • School remain closed up to and including 15 November:
      • Secondary schools will resume in a 50% at school and 50% from home fashion until 1 December;
      • Higher education will be done by distance learning until the end of the year (except for the 1st BAC, which will resume face-to-face on 1 December).
     

    As for us, at visit.brussels

    We will continue to support you and will handle all your requests. All of our teams are working from home.

    If you have any specific questions, we will be delighted to help you from afar:

    • via the chat on the visit.brussels wesite;
    • by telephone from 10:00 to 18:00: + 32 2 513 89 40

    Please not that our office reception, our welcome offices, tourist information centres, the BIP convention centre and our experience.brussels exhibition are all closed.

     

    Our Brussels partners

    Please consult our page dedicated page for Brussels tourism sector partners and stakeholders.

    We remind you that these measures are applicable from 2 November up to and including 13 December 2020. For more information, please consult the SPF (Federal Public Services) COVID-19 website.

     

    Look after yourselves and others!