Public and private gatherings

Both indoor and outdoor gatherings are permitted.

However, it is still recommended to limit interpersonal contacts and travel and to continue to respect the protective measures.

CovidCheck

The CovidCheck system is a system applicable to private persons and private or public establishments (e.g. restaurants, bars, fitness centres, shops, etc.) or events (e.g. sporting events, concerts, etc.) open to the public, where entry is reserved exclusively for people (customers, guests, spectators, staff, supervisors) who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative (self-test* on the premises, certificate with QR code or certified by authorised staff of the national education system). Children under 12 years and 2 months of age are exempt presenting a COVID-19 test certificate. 

*Attention: As of 1 November 2021, self-tests on the premises are no longer valid!

If you want to invite more than 10 people to your private event, without the need to wear a mask, the 2-metre distance between people or the obligation to assign seats, you must opt for the CovidCheck system.

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

Wearing a mask and social distancing

Wearing a mask is mandatory:

  • in all circumstances for activities open to a circulating public and which are taking place in a closed space (e.g. in administrations open to the public, shops and supermarkets), except for activities taking place under the CovidCheck system
  • in public transport
  • for any gathering of more than 10 people

In addition to wearing a mask, a physical distance of at least 2 metres is compulsory for gatherings of 11 people and more. The obligation of wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres does not apply to people who are part of the same household or who live together, nor to groups of people consisting of up to 4 people.

In addition to the obligation of wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres, the assignment of seats is compulsory for gatherings involving between 51 and 2,000 people included. The obligation of maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres does not apply to people who are part of the same household or who live together, nor to groups of people consisting of up to 4 people.

Are not subject to the obligation to wear a mask and to physical distancing:

  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Persons with a disability or a pathology with a medical certificate
  • Speakers and religious actors during the exercise of their professional activities
  • Theatre and film actors as they exercise their professional artistic activity
  • Musicians and dancers while performing their activity in a professional context

The obligation of physical distance also does not apply to outdoor markets and public transport users.

The obligation to provide assigned seating does not apply in the context of the freedom to demonstrate, nor at funerals, markets, nor in the context of sports activities or public transport.

Sports and musical activities are subject to specific rules.

Private gatherings

Gatherings at home or at private events are subject to the general rules for gatherings. For private parties of up to 10 guests, there are no restrictions or health measures to be observed. For 11 or more people, masks must be worn and a distance of 2 metres between people must be observed. And for 51 or more people, the obligation of assigned seats applies.

Children are included regardless of their age.Persons who are in the home when exercising their visitation and accommodation rights or in the context of alternating residences are not counted.

Private gatherings at home can be organised under the CovidCheck system with prior notification. In this case, the system must be notified for gatherings, but does not need to be visibly displayed. For more information on the CovidCheck system and its notification procedure, please visit our page dedicated to the CovidCheck system.

It is important to limit interpersonal contact and thus limit the number of people that can be invited, as any person invited constitutes an additional risk in terms of transmission of the virus.

Public gatherings

Any gathering exceeding 2,000 people is prohibited.

Any gathering between 11 and up to and including 50 people is subject to the condition that people wear masks and observe a minimum distance of 2 metres. For gatherings of between 51 and 2,000 people, seating must also be provided.

Gatherings of 11 and up to 2.000 people can be held, with prior notification, under the CovidCheck system. In this case, the requirement to wear a mask, the requirement for a minimum physical distance of 2 metres and the requirement for seating arrangements do not apply.

Gatherings of more than 2,000 people are prohibited, unless they are subject to a health protocol accepted in advance by the Health Directorate, which determines the health measures to be observed.

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

Fines

In the event of infringements of these measures, the person risks a fine between 500 and 1,000 euros. As for administrative fines, the amount is around 300 euros.

FAQ

How many people can we invite to our home?

You can invite as many people as you wish, but the general rules for gatherings apply. From 11 people onwards, masks must be worn and interpersonal distance respected, and from 51 people onwards, people must also be assigned seats.

Persons who are in the home when exercising their visitation and accommodation rights or in the context of alternating residences. The same applies to persons who are in the home in the course of their professional activities.

Examples: If you are a household of 4 people, you can invite up to 10 people without any special rules. However, if you invite 11 people, you will have to wear a mask and keep a distance of 2 metres.

If you are a household of 4 people and you have a child from a previous relationship who is sometimes staying with you, you can still invite 10 people without having to comply with any special sanitary measures.

If you are a household of 4 people and you use a caterer to prepare and serve the meal, you can invite 10 people without having to comply with any special measures. The catering company's staff is not taken into account.

If you want to invite more than 10 people without the need to wear a mask, the 2-metre distance between people or the obligation to assign seats, you must opt for the CovidCheck system.

Can I visit elderly people in old people's home?

Only visitors who are vaccinated, recovered or tested negative (with a certificate) can visit old people's home without having to perform a test at the entrance of the facility. Visitors who are not vaccinated or recovered or who do not have a certificate proving that they have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 are obliged to present a rapid antigen test carried out on site with a negative result.

If I want to go to the market, are there any other obligations or limitations that I have to think about, apart from the mask requirement?

No. The ban on gatherings of more than 2,000 people does not apply to markets. Nor do the obligation of assigned seats and the obligation to maintain a minimum interpersonal distance of 2 metres, apply. 

I am getting married. Can I have a wedding party?

Yes, but there are some rules to be observed.

If you are celebrating your wedding in a restaurant, the rules for the Horeca sector apply, i.e. you and your guests must meet the conditions of the CovidCheck system. 

You can also hold your wedding in a cultural centre, for example, or any other hall or venue that can be hired for the occasion.

If you contract a caterer, the rules applicable are those relating to the Horeca sector. If you do not use a caterer, you must wear a mask and maintain a distance of 2 metres between people, or even assign seats to people.

In this case, you can opt for the CovidCheck system

Our house has a large garden. I would like to organise my wedding/private event there with a caterer who will provide the food and drink. Is this possible?

Yes, in this case the rules for the Horeca sector apply. 

Our company has a canteen. Can we organise a party inside the canteen for our employees?

Yes, company canteens are considered to be catering establishments, so you can hold a party there. However, the rules for the Horeca sector apply. 

Our association or company would like to organise a barbecue party but without a caterer. Is this possible? And can we plan activities for the children?

Yes, but only if you opt for the CovidCheck system. With the CovidCheck system, you can do the grilling yourself and you can also organise activities for the children. The CovidCheck system allows you to organise an event without having to comply with any restrictions, although these are still strongly recommended. Children under 12 years and 2 months of age do not need to show a negative test certificate. 

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