On Friday June 18th, Belgium’s Consultative Committee met and determined that from 27th of June, bars and restaurants will be allowed to remain open until 1am. Currently they must close their doors 11:30pm. People going for a drink or a meal will be able to share their table with a maximum of 7 other people (8 people per table). Up until the 26th of June, no more than 4 people (not including children under 12) are allowed to sit at a table.
The decision to further relax the coronavirus restrictions after a significant fall in the number of coronavirus infections was recorded. There’s also been an important drop in the number of people requiring hospitalization.
From June 27th, there will no longer be any restrictions on gatherings in public places will. Currently, no more than 10 people are allowed to gather together in a public place during the day with gatherings of more than 4 people being banned during the night-time hours.
Household may host up to 8 people over for a meal or to simply spend time together, and individuals will be allowed to go shopping with as many people as desired. Tele-working will no longer be mandatory but it will remain strongly advised. More people will be allowed to attend religious services and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, as well as cultural and sporting events. Youth camps with overnight stays will be allowed to welcome more participants.
The Consultative Committee will meet again on Friday July 11th. Leaders have underlined that if the positive trend continues, the remaining restrictions would then be removed.