Sports, culture, leisure activities

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*Attention: As of 1 November 2021, self-tests on the premises are no longer valid!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

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 groups of more than 10 people may be practised, provided that there is a physical distance of at least 2 metres between the different sports participants or that a mask is worn
  • 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. This means that swimming can be practised outside the lanes, and the use of leisure pools or other pools in aquatic centres as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools is now possible.

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.

These restrictions do not apply when sports and fitness activities are carried out under the CovidCheck system.

Young people under the age of 19 who belong to a sports club affiliated to an approved sports federation are also subject to a special regime. These young people can train under normal circumstances again and take part in competitions, provided they present a negative COVID-19 test.

The sports activities of young people under the age of 19 of clubs affiliated to sports federations are interrupted in the event of suspension of face-to-face classes and activities in fundamental and secondary education.

Elite sports, events and competitions

Elite athletes, as well as their training partners and coaches, professional athletes, athletes in federal national frameworks, students of the Sportslycée and federal training centres, licensed athletes practising a competitive team sport, licensed athletes practising an individual competitive sport and their coaches, are subject to a special regime. The sanitary restrictions that apply to the general public do not apply to these persons, both during training and during competitions.

Participation in sports competitions is only open to athletes and coaches in posession of a vaccination, recovery or COVID-19 test certificate showing a negative result (with QR code or certified by the National Education). Athletes under 12 years and 2 months of age participating in a sports competition are exempt from producing such certificates.

Sports events may be attended by the public. However, the number of spectators may not exceed 2,000, unless the sports event is subject to a health protocol approved by the Health Directorate.

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.

Music activities

The practice of music 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.

A maximum of 50 people may gather to perform a musical activity simultaneously in an establishment hosting music ensembles or in the open air, provided that a physical distance of at least 2 metres is maintained at all times between the various musical actors.

These restrictions do not apply to groups of musical actors consisting exclusively of persons who are members of the same household, nor to school musical activities, including extracurricular activities. They also do not apply when the musical activity takes place under the CovidCheck system.

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, provided that these activities are strictly separated, as they are subject to different rules. The rules for the Horeca sector apply to catering and bar activities, whereas the rules for sports activities apply to bowling. If you have a food/drink room separate from the bowling lanes, this is not a problem. If, however, the bowling lanes and the food/drink area are in the same room, these activities must be separated. It is strictly forbidden to consume drinks or food at the bowling lanes and it will be necessary to opt for a specific regime:

  • either you do not wish to apply the CovidCheck regime and in this case the catering and bar activities will be prohibited
  • or you opt for the aforementioned regime and you will be able to continue to carry out bowling activities plus those of restaurants and bars 

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. You can also opt for the CovidCheck 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 people onwards, you must ensure that they respect the minimum distance of 2 metres between them or the obligation to wear a mask. 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. The wellness centre can also opt for the CovidCheck system. 

I run a swimming pool. The pool has a relaxation and wellness area as well as a large outside area/garden where people can sit in the summer and enjoy the sun. How many people can I accommodate in my establishment?

Sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor, can accommodate one person per 10m2. The outdoor area or garden is also taken into consideration when determining the number of people that can be accommodated. The capacity of swimming pools is also limited to one person per 10m2 of pool area.

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, it must be ensured that they respect the minimum distance of 2 metres, without the obligation to wear a mask.

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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