COVID-19

Vaccine, passport, PLF … Here is everything that changes on October 1

The ministerial decree establishing sanitary measures, as decided by the Concertation Committee on September 17, 2021, has been published in the Official Gazette of Belgium.

Most of the measures go into effect today. Like the existing measures, the new measures are also applicable until October 31, 2021 inclusive.

Local authorities retain the possibility of taking stricter measures if the epidemiological situation of their territory so requires.

Wearing the mask

As of today, except for children up to 12 years old, the use of a mask is only mandatory:

> in the closed spaces of public transport and organized collective transport;

> for the service provider and the client, in establishments and places where contact professions are carried out, that is, when they are in direct physical contact or when the distance of 1.5 meters cannot be guaranteed for a period of at least 15 minutes;

> for employees, organizers and the public at events, cultural and other representations, sports competitions and trainings and congresses, provided they are organized indoors, without the application of the Covid Safe Ticket and for an audience of 500 people or more.

To the extent that social distancing cannot be respected, the use of a mask is still highly recommended for people from the age of 13. However, this recommendation does not apply to exceptional categories, for example people living under the same roof and children up to the age of 12.

Discos and dance halls

The discos and dance halls can resume their activities this Friday. In any case, access to these establishments is only possible through the Covid Safe Ticket.

Events, cultural and other representations, sports competitions and trainings and congresses

The Advisory Committee decided on August 20, 2021 that events that bring together less than 500 people indoors and less than 750 people abroad may be held from October 1, 2021 without restriction regarding the use of masks and distancing. social, and unrestricted for hospitality. sector.

Once this number has been exceeded, the modalities provided for in the ministerial decree and the protocols applicable to the hospitality sector during events and to establishments belonging to the cultural, festive, sports, recreational and events sectors, and prior notification authorization must be respected. of the competent municipal authority, after consultation with the CERM and, where appropriate, the CIRM.

Finally, as of October 1, 2021, the states and local authorities have the option of making the use of the Covid Safe Ticket mandatory for access to events accessible to the public in accordance with the cooperation agreement modified on July 14, 2021. In addition, as of October 1, 2021, federated entities have the possibility to authorize, among other things, the organization of fairs and congresses through the use of the Covid Safe Ticket or to make its use mandatory, in accordance with the cooperation agreement modified from July 14, 2021.

Massive events

The Concertation Committee decided on August 20 that as of October 1, 2021, event organizers that gather an audience of at least 500 people inside and at least 750 people outside, have the possibility of using the Covid Safe Ticket. This decision was confirmed during the Consultation Committee on September 17, 2021.

As of October 1, 2021, the modified cooperation agreement of July 14, 2021 offers states and local authorities the possibility of lowering the minimum threshold of participants in massive events where the use of the Covid Safe Ticket is planned.

Private meetings

The Concertation Committee decided on August 20 that as of October 1, 2021, a maximum of 500 people will be allowed inside and 750 outside in private meetings. However, these maximum numbers may be exceeded as long as the current rules apply for larger events where the use of the Covid Safe Ticket is not intended.

Air quality

In catering and beverage establishments in the horeca sector (including dance cafes), establishments in the sports sector (including gyms) and establishments in the events sector (including discos and clubs). present. The device must be clearly visible to visitors, unless an alternative air quality measurement system is provided, the results of this measurement must be accessible to the public and displayed in real time.

The target air quality standard for the various sectors remains 900 ppm CO2. When this value is exceeded, the operator must have an action plan, established based on a risk analysis, to guarantee compensatory ventilation and / or disinfection and / or air filtration measures, which ensure an air quality equivalent to that of 900 ppm target air quality standard. When the value of 1200 ppm is exceeded, the operator must also provide an approved system for this ventilation and / or disinfection and / or air filtration that guarantees an air quality equivalent to the target standard in terms of air quality of 900 ppm. .

A transitional period of at least three months is foreseen.

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