On Saturday October 24th, the government of the Brussels Region decided on a new set of measures which is effective from today, Monday October 26th. Among some of the new rules, a mask must be worn in all public places, and the curfew has been extended from 22.00 to 6.00 every day.
The measures were deliberated with certain urgency during a meeting on October 24th with the aim to limit the spread of coronavirus. The region’s 19 mayors met and approved the new regulations unanimously.
Remote working is now compulsory except for essential jobs that cannot be done from home.
Theaters, cinemas, museums, cultural centers and all sports facilities – including gyms and swimming pools – are to be closed.
All shops in the Brussels region must close by 20.00 – except takeways which can stay open until 22.00. Shopping alone has again been introduced, unless accompanying a child or a person in need of assistance.
All amateur sports fixtures in the Brussels region, including for children, are cancelled, but training sessions for those under 12 are still permitted. School excursions are banned, as are holiday activity camps for children over 12.
Individuals must stay at home between 22.00 and 6.00, unless going to/from work or for an urgent medical reason.
Wedding ceremonies are limited to the couple and their witnesses. Funerals are limited to 15 people.
The Brussels Minister-president, Rudi Vervoort, announced that the measures are currently set to last until at least the 19th November.