Restaurants, bars and cafés

Restaurants, bars and cafés are open to the public both indoors and outdoors.

Inside catering establishements and bars, the CovidCheck system is mandatory from 1 November 2021. Customers and all staff in these establishments must comply with the obligations under the system and present either a vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery or a COVID test certificate showing a negative result.

Outside areas of restaurants, cafés or bars are not automatically subject to the CovidCheck system. However, the operator of one of these establishments may opt for the aforementioned system to be applied on the outside area. In this case, the operator must clearly delimit the outside area.

If the outside area of a restaurant, café or bar is not subject to the CovidCheck system, each table may only accommodate a maximum of 10 people, unless the people are part of the same household or cohabiting.

An outside area an open-air outdoor space with at least 3 sides open in order to allow for free air circulation and natural ventilation of the space.

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*Attention: As of 1 November 2021, self-tests on the premises are no longer valid!

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

CovidCheck system

The establishment operates without having to comply with special sanitary measures such as wearing a mask for staff in direct contact with customers or for customers themselves, and customers are no longer obliged to eat at the table and to respect the distance between tables. 

FAQ

I am a café/restaurant owner. Do only customers need to show a vaccination, recovery or test certificate to gain access inside the restaurant/café? Students sometimes come to work at the weekend. Do they too have to meet the requirements of the CovidCheck system?

Both the customers who visit the restaurant/café and all staff, including staff members who are not in direct contact with customers, such as the cook, must comply with the obligations arising from the system. This obligation applies not only to all permanent or regular staff, but also to those who work in the establishment on an occasional basis. 

I am a café owner and I have several people working in the café and serving. Do I have to check my employees every day?

In principle, yes. The mobile application CovidCheck.lu, which verifies the authenticity and validity of certificates, does not, for reasons of data protection, provide any information about the vaccination status of a person. The application only informs the user that the certificate is valid without specifying whether it is a vaccination, recovery or test certificate. 

My outside area is located in an inner courtyard. Can I welcome the public there, knowing that the area must in principle be open on at least 3 sides?

The obligation for spaces used as outside areas to be open on at least 3 sides is intended to guarantee the free circulation of air and the aeration of the space, and to prevent spaces from being partitioned by panels or other protection in such a way that there is little or no difference between a space inside and a space outside.

If the courtyard is so small that it is difficult for air to circulate and the space cannot be adequately aerated, the answer is no.

I am a café/restaurant owner and I have an outside area. I have not opted for the CovidCheck system, can I install protections against the sun, rain or wind?

Yes, it is perfectly possible to provide such protections as long as they do not hinder the free air circulation and allow for natural aeration of the space. A tent (or other closed dwelling) set up in front of the premises is considered an extension of the premises and cannot be used as an outside area, unless the canvas or other materials are kept open on at least 3 surfaces, so that the air can circulate freely.

I am a café/restaurant owner and my outside area has fixed panels or elements, or the municipal regulations of the municipality in which my establishment is located require separation panels if the outside area is located on the public thoroughfare. I have not opted for the CovidCheck system, can I still open it to the public and provide sun protection, for example?

Some municipalities do indeed impose panels when the outside areas are on the public thoroughfare.

The obligation for spaces used as outside areas to be open on at least 3 surfaces is intended to guarantee the free circulation of air and the aeration of the space, and to prevent spaces from being partitioned by panels or other protection in such a way that there is little or no difference between a space inside and a space outside.

If the panels or elements prevent air from circulating and do not allow adequate aeration of the space, the answer is no. If, on the other hand, the panels and elements do not impede the free circulation of air and the natural aeration of the space, the answer is yes.

Is it allowed to smoke on the outside area?

Yes. Smoking is allowed on outside areas, but prohibited inside.

I am the manager of a restaurant and I have not opted for the CovidCheck system on my outside area. Can customers on the outside area pay inside the restaurant or café, or even go inside to reserve a table on the outside area?

While it is in principle strongly recommended to pay outside the establishments in question and to telephone for any reservation, customers may nevertheless enter the establishment to pay for their drinks, go to the toilet or to reserve a table on the outside area. The wearing of a mask inside the establishment is then compulsory for consumers of the outside area. The staff of the establishment will have to wear a mask on the outside area when they are in direct contact with customers. 

Are occasional or accessory catering activities and serving refreshments allowed?

Occasional and accessory catering and serving of refreshments is prohibited, unless these activities take place in the context of or on the occasion of events taking place under the CovidCheck system. 

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 barbecue 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 younger than 12 years and 2 months do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test certificate. 

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