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COVID-19 Ministerial decree of 28 October

29 Oct 2020 9:50 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

For your information, yesterday (Wednesday 28 October) at 22h00, the Belgian Monitor published the ministerial decree containing the measures to be applied throughout Belgium from midnight. The details (translated from French) are below.


In-store purchases can only be made individually or with one other person for a maximum of 30 minutes (per store).

Hotels and other types of accommodation

Only the restaurant is open, and only for hotel guests.

Leisure and culture

All establishments (or parts of establishments) belonging to the cultural, festive, sporting, recreational and events sector are closed, including: casinos, automatic gaming halls and betting offices; wellness centres, including among others saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms and hammams, unless their use is private; nightclubs and dance halls; party and reception rooms, except for the organization of meals at funerals or cremations; amusement park; indoor playgrounds; bowling alleys; fairgrounds, annual markets, flea markets, flea markets, Christmas markets and winter villages; swimming pools; trade fairs, including trade shows; cinemas.

The following may remain open: outdoor playgrounds; outdoor areas of zoos, animal parks, nature parks and open-air museums, including the entrance, exit, sanitary facilities, first aid and rescue buildings; libraries; places of worship and buildings intended for the public exercise of non-denominational moral services; the outdoor spaces of sports infrastructures for the individual practice of sport; equestrian centres and racetracks, for the sole purpose of the welfare of the animals; cultural venues, for under 12s as part of school and extracurricular activities, as part of organized courses and activities, and for staff members as part of their professional activities.

Amateur sport

Apart from swimming pools, sports halls and sports facilities can also remain open for amateur sports, but only for school groups of children up to 12 years old included as part of school or extra-curricular activities of the compulsory education; and for training courses and sports camps organized by local authorities and intended for children up to and including 12 years old.

Sports facilities also remain accessible for competitions and training of professional athletes; and for activities other than sports, authorized under the provisions of the ministerial decree and protocols in force.

Competitions and professional training can take place but without an audience, indoors and outdoors.

As an amateur, competitions and training are only permitted for under 12s, in the presence of a maximum of one parent, only outdoors.


Camps, courses and activities with children under 12, without overnight stay, are authorized. The number of people participating in these activities is limited to 50, guides included. For the latter, wearing a mask is compulsory.


Weddings, burials, cremations, religious services and non-denominational services can be organized in the presence of a maximum of 40 people

Reminder of existing federal measures

The new rules build on the already existing federal foundation.

As a reminder, this provides that teleworking remains the rule. Contacts without distancing (close contacts) are limited to 1 person. Private gatherings are limited to the same 4 people for two weeks. Gatherings in the public domain are limited to a maximum of 4 people.

The markets remain open, but the consumption of food and drink is prohibited. Flea markets, brocantes and Christmas markets are prohibited.

Cafes and restaurants are closed. Take-out meals are available until 22h00.

Night shops must close at 122h00. The sale of alcohol is prohibited after 20h00.

Regional variations

Flanders applies the ban on movement in the public space between midnight and 05h00, except for essential journeys, which cannot be postponed.

Wallonia and Brussels apply a stricter curfew from 22h00 to 06h00.

The city-region of Brussels requires the wearing of face masks in all public spaces.

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