Public and private gatherings

Both indoor and outdoor gatherings are permitted. Nevertheless, in order to limit the risks associated with the spread of the virus, it is essential to continue to respect the protective measures. Any gathering exceeding 100 people is prohibited. Children are counted, regardless of their age.

Even if the general confinement is no longer a legal obligation, it is still recommended to limit interpersonal contact and movement.

Prohibition of consuming alcohol on public roads and in public

It is strictly forbidden to consume alcohol on the public highway and in places accessible to the public. It should be remembered that alcohol consumption not only makes it impossible to comply with the obligation to wear a mask at all times, but also has a disinhibiting effect which may prove risky in the context of the current pandemic since alcohol promotes social exchanges and reduces vigilance. 

Wearing a mask and social distancing

Wearing a mask is mandatory:

  • in all circumstances for activities open to the public that are circulating and which are taking place in a closed place (e.g. in administrations open to the public, shops and supermarkets), as well as on public transport.
  • for any gathering of more than 4 and up to 10 people included.

In addition to wearing a mask, a physical distance of at least 2 metres is compulsory for gatherings of more than 4 and up to 10 people included. 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.

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 11 and 100 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.

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

  • Children under 6 years of age;
  • Persons with disabilities, who are exempted from the obligation to wear a mask;
  • Speakers and religious actors during the exercise of their professional activities;
  • Theatre and film actors, musicians, dancers as long as they exercise their professional artistic activity;
  • People practicing sports.

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

The obligation to be assigned seats 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. 

Private gatherings

Private gatherings at home or during private events, in a closed or open-air venue are limited to the following people:

  • people of the same household, or
  • who are in the home when exercising their visitation and accommodation rights or in the context of alternating residences, and
  • a maximum of 2 visitors who are also part of a same household.

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.

Individuals who are part of the same household or who cohabit as well as guests are not subject to the obligation of social distancing and the wearing of masks is not compulsory. However, it is recommended to wear a mask and maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres, when visiting or inviting a person into one's home, especially in the presence of a vulnerable person. 

Public gatherings

Any gathering exceeding 100 people is prohibited.

Any gathering of more than 4 and up to and including 10 people is subject to the condition that the people wear masks and observe a minimum distance of 2 metres.

Any gatherings involving between 11 and 100 people included is subject to the condition that the persons wear masks and are assigned seats by observing a minimum distance of 2 metres.

Fines

The conditions of distancing and the mask do not apply either to minors under 6 years of age or to cohabitants.

In the event of infringements of these measures, the person risks a fine.

FAQ

Can I invite people to my house?

Yes, you can invite a maximum of 2 people, but make sure to limit contact with people who are not part of your household.

If you nevertheless intend to invite people, remember to respect the protective measures to limit the risk of contamination by a person who may be asymptomatic or who presents few symptoms of the disease.

Hosts are not considered in determining the maximum amount of two people if they live in the same household.

So, whether you live alone or are a couple without children or with several children, you can invite a maximum of 2 people.

As soon as you become aware that a sick person is in your home, encourage them to leave the premises and to contact their physician without delay.

Also remember the curfew that is in effect and that prohibits outings between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Exceptions are granted in some cases, i.e. an emergency, walking your dog or work-related trips. 

Are children included in the thresholds set for gatherings?

Yes, children are included, regardless of their age, in the maximum number of people allowed for public and private gatherings.

Which activities are allowed under the condition of wearing a mask or physical distancing?

Besides wearing a mask, physical distancing of at least 2 metres is compulsory for all gatherings ranging from four to ten people. This obligation to keep one's distance does not apply to people who live in the same household, nor to public transport.

For gatherings of more than 10 people and up to 100 people, to the rules of wearing a mask and physical distancing is added the obligation of assigned seating.

The condition of assigned seating does not apply to demonstration (exercise of the right to demonstrate), nor outdoor markets or to funerals. It also does not apply to museums, art centres or sports activities where the public is present.

Formal and non-formal educational activities are exempted from the double condition of seating and wearing a mask, as are religious, cultural and sports actors during the exercise of their activities.

Can I organise or participate in public events for more than 10 and up to a maximum of 100 people?

You can organise or participate in public or private events with more than 10 people indoors or outdoors (cultural or sports events, congresses, etc.), provided that the following mandatory rules apply:

  • People are seated in seats that have been assigned to them
  • A distance of 2 metres must be kept between seats
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory

Can I still visit elderly people in a care facility?

Managers of residential facilities for the elderly are responsible for ensuring safety in their establishments and, in this context, ensure that the health recommendations issued by the Health Directorate are complied with.

For information on the conduct of visits and outings, interested parties should contact the structure directly.

For further information, visit the website of the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region.

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 100 people does not apply to markets. Nor do the conditions for gatherings of between 10 and 100 people, i.e. the obligation of assigned seats and the obligation to maintain a minimum interpersonal distance of 2 metres, apply.

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