New measures against the spread of coronavirus in Belgium

Government’s decision of 27 November eases some current restrictions. Following new measures apply from 01 December:

  • Shops selling non-essential goods start work again. Shopping must be done alone not more than 30 min.
  • Museums and swimming pools open their doors. Rest of the entertainment sector will remain closed.
  • No guests during Christmas and New Year’s eve. Only persons living alone may invite two guests.
  • Curfew remain in effect (except on Christmas Eve – circulation until midnight). Fireworks are not allowed on New Year’s Eve.

These measures will remain in force until 15 January. If the situation is significantly better, remaining restrictions will be cancelled on 01 February.

Due to wide spread of coronavirus and growing pressure on hospitals, federal government and the governments of the federated states have decided in the Consultation Committee to implement a stricter lockdown.

These measures will apply throughout the territory of Belgium from Monday 2 November until 13 December.

  • Families can only invite 1 person to their home at any one time, with whom they have close contact (suppression of rule of four). An exception can be made for people who live alone: 1 extra visitor allowed.
  • Gatherings outdoors: rule of four, with social distancing
  • Non-medical contact professions (including hairdressers, make-up artists, wellness centers, massage parlours, beauty salons) are closed.
  • Where homeworking is not possible, face masks and ventilation are mandatory at workplace.
  • Hotels and B&Bs remain open, but restaurants and bars must close.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 15 attendees. Without catering or reception afterwards.
  • Marriages can only take place in the presence of the spouses, witnesses and civil registrars.
  • Zoos must close.
  • Borders stay open, but travelling is strictly discouraged. 

Previously implemented measures still apply. Read more on measures against coronavirus in Belgium.

Comprehensive list of all restrictions implemented from 02 November onwards: