Education, sports, culture, leisure activities

Education

Read here the sanitary measures of the National Education.

CovidCheck

The CovidCheck system is a system applicable to private individuals, establishments (e.g. restaurants, bars, fitness centres, shops, administrations, companies, etc.) or public or private events (e.g. sports events, concerts, etc.) that are open to the public. (e.g. sports events, concerts...) where admission is reserved exclusively for people (customers, guests, spectators) who have been vaccinated or recovered, as well as those who can show a certificate of contraindication to vaccination, and on condition that they also present a test certificate or the negative result of a self-test carried out on the premises.

Persons who have

  • a vaccination certificate issued within the last 180 days
  • a certificate of the booster vaccination
  • or a recovery certificate for a period of 180 days

are exempt from the testing obligation. 

Persons under 12 years and 2 months of age are exempt from the requirement to present such a certificate.

For more information on the CovidCheck system and its notification procedure, please visit our page dedicated to the CovidCheck system.

Sporting activities

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities are open to the public.

Sports and physical fitness activities are allowed, but under certain conditions:

  • sports activities carried out individually or with a maximum of 10 people can be practised without the obligation to wear a mask or to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from each other
  • sports activities carried out in a group of more than 10 people is subject to the mandatory CovidCheck plus ("2G+") system
  • sports facilities must have a surface area of 10m2 per person practising a sporting activity.

Swimming pools and aquatic centres are open to the public. The capacity of the pools is limited to one person per 10m2.

Public access to showers and locker rooms is also strictly regulated. Thus, only a maximum of 10 people per locker room or collective shower area are allowed. In the locker rooms, people must either wear a mask or maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. In the showers, the physical distance of 2 metres must be respected.

The general restrictions regarding the number of persons allowed per locker room and collective shower area or the area to be guaranteed per person do not apply to sports groups consisting of persons from the same household, nor to school and extracurricular sports activities.

The following persons may participate in training sessions with more than 10 people, and in sports competitions, if they present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or test, i.e. under the "3G" system:

  • athletes and referees between the ages of 12 years and 2 months and under the age of 19 years, belonging to an affiliated club or an approved sports federation
  • athletes and supervisors with an employment contract with an affiliated club or an approved sports federation and exercising their activity on a principal and regular basis or, in general, athletes or supervisors who are affiliated as such to the social security system

Athletes, judges and referees aged 19 and over who belong to an affiliated club or an approved sports federation may take part in training sessions involving more than 10 people and in sports competitions under the "2G+" system.

Persons holding a certificate of contraindication to vaccination must in all cases present their certificate and a test certificate or negative result of a self-diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out on the premises. 

Culture

The cultural institutions are open to the public. The rules applicable to these establishments are the subject of specific recommendations and guidelines from the Ministry of Culture.

Cultural activities

The practice of cultural activities is allowed without the obligation of physical distance and wearing a mask, provided that it is carried out individually or in a group of 10 people at most.

If there are more than 10 people engaged in a cultural activity at the same time, the CovidCheck system ("2G+") applies.

These restrictions do not apply to groups consisting exclusively of persons who are members of the same household, nor to school musical activities, including extracurricular activities.

Other leisure activities

The law no longer specifies any special provisions relating to recreational activities. The general rules relating to gatherings apply.

FAQ

Can COVID-19 be transmitted by sweat?

So far, there is no scientific evidence that the virus is transmitted by sweat.

Even if the virus is not transmitted in this way, it can be transmitted in sports facilities through contact with contaminated objects (e.g. gym equipment).

Can you catch COVID-19 from swimming in a swimming pool?

No studies on the survival of SARS-CoV-2 in swimming pool water are currently available. Swimming pool water does not seem to be a good place for the survival and development of viruses.

I bought a ticket for an event that had to be canceled following the coronavirus epidemic. What are my options?

In the event of cancellation of an event due to the measures taken by the government to face the coronavirus epidemic, the tickets purchased are refundable.

In the case of postponement of an event due to the measures taken by the government in response to the coronavirus epidemic, the tickets purchased are non-refundable, unless the purchaser of the ticket does not have the opportunity to attend the postponed event.

I run a bowling centre. What rules apply to my establishment?

Bowling is considered a sports activity. Thus, the rules for sports activities apply. 

I run a bowling centre and I also have a catering licence. Can I carry out both activities and which rules apply?

Yes, both activities are subject to the CovidCheck ("2G+") system.

I own an indoor playground. What rules apply to me?

Indoor games (trampoline, laser game, etc.) are considered to be sports activities. As such, the rules for sports activities apply, i.e. the CovidCheck 2G+ system. 

I run a wellness centre. What rules apply to my establishment?

The rules are those related to sports and fitness activities. According to these rules, you can accommodate one person per 10m2 of the surface of your centre (sauna, hammam, etc.). From 11 persons onwards, the "2G+" system applies. If your wellness centre also has a swimming pool, you should be aware that the capacity of the pool is also limited to one person per 10m2 of pool area, in order to prevent the presence of too many people in the pool at the same time.

I want to practice sports/fitness in the open air. What rules apply in my case?

Sports and fitness activities (yoga, bootcamp, running, nordic walking, etc.) can be practised in the open air (in a park or forest) without the need for physical distance or masks, either individually or in a group of no more than 10 people.

If there are more than 10 people, the CovidCheck Plus ("2G+") system applies.

If I want to go for a walk, what rules apply in my case?

There is a difference between walking (such as nordic walking or a fitness trail) in the forest and simply strolling through the city.

In the first case, the rules relating to sports activities must be respected.

In the second case, the rules on gatherings must be respected. 

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