The Consultative Committee, chaired by the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, evaluated the measures taken by the government to combat the epidemic.
According to the decisions announced at the end of the meeting, the decision to ban “unnecessary” entry and exit from Belgium, which has been implemented since January 27, will be lifted from April 19.
Thus, those who enter Belgium or want to leave the country will have to prove that their travel is absolutely necessary.
Everyone coming to the country from high-risk “red” areas will continue to be quarantined, and the obligation to test on the 1st and 7th day of their arrival will continue.
This practice will continue until the European Union (EU) is working on the vaccine certification system, which is expected to be implemented in June.
Restrictions on travel to Belgium from outside the Schengen countries will continue.
Schools in the country will be opened as before the Easter holidays from April 19th.
Non-essential stores, which can currently only accept customers by appointment, will be fully opened as of April 26 and the appointment requirement will be lifted.
Business places such as barbers, hairdressing salons and beauty centers across Belgium will also resume operations on this date.
The number of people who can get together while maintaining social distance in the open air will increase from 4 to 10.
The food and beverage sector, which has been closed since mid-October in Belgium, will also be able to open on May 8, depending on the epidemic and vaccination status.
From this date on, restaurants, cafes and bars will be able to receive customers in outdoor areas such as terraces.
Sports halls will also be able to operate with a capacity of 25 people as of this date.
Cultural activities of up to 50 people will be allowed in open areas.
No changes will be made in the curfew rules in Brussels between 22.00-06.00 and in other cities between 00.00-05.00 until May 8.
Recently, there has been a decrease in the number of cases in the country. According to Sciensano, which publishes the average of the weekly data, the average of the last 7 days was recorded as 3 thousand 452, decreasing by 19 percent compared to the previous week.
The number of those who received treatment for Covid-19 was 3 thousand 127 and the number of those who were taken into intensive care was 945. It is stated that the total number of intensive care beds in the country is around 2 thousand.