Belgium’s Response to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19

May 14, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Federal Government announced a roadmap for gradually scaling back various lock-down measures that had been in place since March 18, 2020.

As of May 4, although teleworking remains the norm wherever possible, it is no longer mandatory and companies that were closed have been allowed to reopen if they are able to provide for safe working conditions.  Similarly, as of May 11, stores and shops that do not provide essential services have also been allowed to be reopened, provided that they can do so safely.

Travel restrictions may be partially lifted as of May 18, but most travel will be limited and the border is expected to remain closed, at least until June 8.  Bars and restaurants will also remain closed until at least June 8.  The wearing of a protective mask (or scarf) covering nose and mouth is strongly recommended in public spaces and, as of May 4, has become mandatory on public transport for everyone above the age of 12.

Please click here to read the full alert memorandum.