Thursday , January 28 2021

Sports, nursing homes, end of year celebrations: what to do and what not to do

L.Authorities refused to talk about “détente” this Friday evening, following a consultation committee meeting. We’re not spreading the social bubble, even for the holidays. But we are reopening unnecessary shops, swimming pools and museums. Update on new measures and those remaining in force.


Shops (essential and unnecessary) are open, according to a strict protocol (individual purchases, maximum 30 minutes, one customer per 10m2, mandatory mask, disinfectant gel, etc.). Contact shops (hairdressers, beauty salons, massage, well-being, etc.) remain closed.

Markets remain open, but consumption of food and drink is prohibited. Markets, annual markets, flea markets, flea markets, Christmas markets and winter villages are still prohibited. Night shops close at 22:00. In Brussels, all shops always close at 20:00.

Social bubble

No change for bubbles: contacts without distance (close contacts) are limited to max. 1 person per family member. Families can only invite one close contact at a time. We cannot get another home visit. Single people can invite a close contact and another person (always the same, at a distance), but not at the same time.

Public domain meetings are limited to a maximum of 4 people.

Christmas and New Years

Single people can invite 2 contacts from their social bubble to New Years Eve or Christmas. For families, the social bubble rule still applies: they can only invite one close family member at a time.

On December 31, fireworks are completely prohibited.

The regions of Brussels and Wallonia have yet to decide on a possible postponement of the curfew on December 24th.


The curfew is 22:00 to 06:00 in Wallonia and Brussels, and from midnight to 05:00 in Flanders.

Irrelevant tours are still allowed during the day.

remote work

Companies remain open. Teleworking is compulsory. If teleworking is not possible, companies must wear a mask and ventilate.


The borders remain open, but traveling abroad (including winter sports) is strongly discouraged. Border checks (passenger location form and quarantine compliance) have been strengthened.


All restaurants and bars, including hotels (eat in the room), remain closed.

Take-out meals are allowed until 22:00.

The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM.


Museums may be opening.

All other establishments belonging to the cultural sector (cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, etc.) remain closed.

Recreational facilities

All facilities are closed, including animal parks, casinos, Paris, saunas, Jacuzzis, discos, playrooms, amusement parks, indoor playgrounds, bowling alleys, lounges etc.

Campsites and holiday centers are closed. Libraries remain open. There are camps, workshops and activities for children under 12.


Pools may be open. Ice rinks, sports halls and fitness rooms remain closed.

All training sessions and competitions for amateurs are suspended, with the exception of training for children under 12. There are training sessions and competitions for professionals, with no audience.


Places of worship remain open, but religious services are prohibited. Funerals are limited to 15 people, excluding meals and parties. Civil marriages are concluded only in the presence of spouses and witnesses.

Nursing homes

In Wallonia, visits are limited to one visitor per inhabitant (always the same for 15 days). In Brussels, visits are limited to two different visitors per inhabitant (always the same for 15 days).

Higher education

At a distance at least until the end of the calendar year (excluding practical classes, laboratories and internships). Some exams may be held in person.

Primary and secondary

Nursery, Primary and First High School 100% face to face. Second and third grade of second-rate stationary meetings maximum 50% for winter break

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