On this page, you can find an overview of the measures taken by the Belgian government in the battle against the COVID-19 virus that apply to the cultural sector. These measures are subject to change and can change or be scaled back as the coronavirus develops in Belgium. On the website https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/, you can find a detailed overview of all measures.
From May 18th:
- Museums and historic buildings are opening again:
- You must reserve your ticket in advance, even if you have a subscription for example.
- The museums work with an appointment by the hour. You may only go by yourself or with people who belong to your contact bubble.
- Mouth masks are mandatory in some cases.
- You can find more information on the websites of the museums in question.
From June 8th:
- Pubs and restaurants are open until 1:00 a.m.
- It is best to make a reservation in most of the bars and restaurants.
- You can meet up with a maximum of 10 people. Stay seated at your table.
- Nature- and animal parks are open again, as well as libraries.
- You may perform a cultural activity, for example a rehearsal with a music group or at the theatre.
- You can do this with a maximum of 20 people.
- An audience is not allowed.
From July 1st, phase 4 of the phasing out will start. The six golden rules remain in force:
- Compliance with hygiene measures;
- preferably organize activities in open air;
- taking extra precautions for people who are in high-risk groups;
- respecting safety distances;
- the enlarged bubble, which is increased from 10 to 15 different people per week, in addition to your family. As a reminder, this is an individual right;
- group activities may not involve more than 15 persons, including children. This applies to all informal gatherings, whether they take place indoors or outdoors.
- Reception and congress rooms are open; a maximum of 50 persons is allowed.
- You can exercise in a fitness or sports club; swimming pools, saunas and wellness centers remain closed. Sports are not allowed yet with the public.
- Events with a public are possible again: you can go to the theatre, cinema or to a concert.
- Indoor events: a maximum of 200 people may be present, but you must sit down and keep a distance of 1,5 meters.
- Outdoor events: a maximum of 200 people may be present here.
- Organizers can use an event matrix to check whether they meet all safety requirements.
- You may go to theme parks and indoor playgrounds.
- Arcades and casinos can open.
- Youth camps can take place in bubbles of up to 50 people.
From August 1st:
- Small events such as village fetes and funfairs may go ahead.
- Public limits for indoor events are increased to 400 people, and outdoor events to 800 people, provided the health situation allows for it. An exception to exceed this limit may be requested for permanent infrastructures with a seated public, subject to safety regulations.
What is not allowed yet?
For the time being, there is no prospect of opening discotheques, nightclubs and admitting large events; this is possible from September at the earliest.