Following today's meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) Belgium's coronavirus measures, including the closure of shops and schools and a requirement to stay at home, are extended until at least 3 May. All big public events, such as festivals, are cancelled this summer until 31 August.
Shopping is allowed in food stores, pharmacies, newsagents, pet food stores, shops selling baby products and from Monday (20 April) also in Garden Centres and DIY stores.
All non-essential shops will remain closed until 3 May as will cafes, bars and restaurants. The NSC will meet again on Friday 24 April to set out a provisional schedule for the reopening of non-essential shops, cafes and restaurants.
Residents in care homes and elderly people living alone at home can receive one visitor - always the same person - provided the visitor show no symptoms. Visits to care homes must be booked in advance.
Once the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, the wearing of face masks will be "advised for any situation where a contact of at least 1.5 meters cannot be kept and in places where there will be a lot of people (for example in public transport and supermarkets)".
Any decision to reopen schools will be made next week at a national level. Possible dates for reopening are 4, 11 or 18 May.
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