Last update: 18 May 2020 at 2:07 PM
The coronavirus is all over the news. As a visitor, we understand that you may have concerns and we would like to inform you in the best way possible. Our team is regularly following the recommendations of the competent authorities regarding the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and informs you through this page.
Below you will find the links to various websites and relevant information sources as well as our own temporary measures and adjustments.
1. Latest information and recommendations in Belgium
On the basis of recommendations from the Group of Experts in charge of the Exit Strategy (GEES), the National Security Council met on 13 May 2020 to confirm the deconfinement strategy.
As a reminder, the federal government and the governments of the federated states have taken a series of measures since 12 March to curb the spread of covid-19 in our country. Hopeful indicators, such as the reduction in the number of daily hospital admissions or the flattening of the mortality curve have made it possible to start phasing out very gradually. But the government stresses that the virus is still present on our territory and remains dangerous.
- Situation in Belgium and recommendations of the Belgian government: Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ) to the Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and Environment
- World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations
- Recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC, European Agency)
- European Commission website / Public Health
2. Are you visitors, event attendees and event organisers in Brussels ?
For the purpose of ensuring the well-being of the participants and assist in the organisation management, more than ever, our role is to inform you and to help all stakeholders.
From 18 May the following measures shall be applicable on the Belgian territory:
Shops, events and entertainment and recreational activities (sports, cultural, folklore, etc.):
- Shops, grocery stores, markets, pharmacies... are open subject to strict safety and hygiene conditions.
- Museums and cultural attractions, i.e. historic buildings and monuments, castles and citadels, can reopen subject to strict safety and hygiene conditions.
- Cafés, bars, restaurants and festive, recreational, cultural and tourist places will remain closed.
- Certain hotels will remain open, with the exception of their bar and restaurant. Breakfast is served in the room. Some hotels offer room service in the afternoon as well as in the evening. Home delivery allows guests to have services provided to their rooms.
- Home delivery and drive-in are permitted
- A list of the major events for all audiences in the second semester of 2020 is now available. This non-exhaustive list aims to avoid aims to avoid event saturation in the second half of the year. It will be updated to take into account future government (de)confinement decisions
visit.brussels is closely following the directives of the Federal Public Service, Health and the World Health Organization. Our team is working from home. As productive and interactive as ever, perhaps even more so, we will continue to support you and handle all your requests. Our role is also to inform you of the latest news from your Brussels partners.
As for our other activities:
- The Welcome team: staff will answer your questions by telephone 7 days a week, from 10:00 to 18:00 - 02 513 89 40.
- visit.brussels' tourist offices: the office at 4 rue Royale is open, 7 days a week, from 10:00 to 18:00. The office on the Grand-Place is closed until further notice. Visits of the City of Brussels Town Hall are suspended until further notice.
- The experience.brussels exhibition reopens its doors on 19 May and will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00, booking required.
- visit.brussels events: All professional events organised between now and 18 May by visit.brussels or at the BIP convention centre are cancelled or postponed.
Public transport operates normally; however it is requested to limit its use to essential journeys. It is compulsory to wear a mask when in public transport or at public transport stations and stops.
- Ministerial decree
- The situation at Brussels Airport
- Advice for travellers from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Dedicated page to Brussels partners
Resources, webinars and FAQ aimed at event organisers
- A selection of online courses provided by visit.brussels' teams
- Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
- International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
- Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
3. Are you a partner or active in the Brussels tourism sector?
Due to the constantly changing situation, we recommend that you check the updates published on the official channels for the latest information.
We would like to remind you that all basic hygiene measures shall be followed, namely washing your hands with soap, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and avoiding close contact. If you have any concern related to your health, we recommend that you consult your doctor by phone and if you don't have a doctor, please consult http://doctorbrussels.be/.