Within the scope of the Belgian government’s decision to gradually relax the epidemic measures according to the case situation, it was stated that businesses such as restaurants, cafes and bars, which have been closed since October 2020, when the second wave occurred, can only receive customers in open areas.
In this context, a distance of at least 1.5 meters will be left between tables in open areas such as gardens and terraces, and a maximum of 4 customers can be found at the tables. Exceptions can be made for crowded families. Such businesses will be able to accept customers from 8:00 am to 22:00 pm. When customers leave the table, even for a short time, they will have to wear a mask.
Organizations such as outdoor cultural events will also be allowed from 8 May. A maximum of 50 people will be able to participate in such events.
The Belgian government was expected to relax the measures as of May 1, but it was delayed by a week due to the drop in the number of cases not yet falling to the desired level.
In Belgium, the number of cases decreased after the second wave in October, when the number of cases exceeded 15 thousand per day, and the cases were around 2 thousand until March. It was not welcomed to loosen the measures due to daily cases that have increased since March and approached 5 thousand.
In the country with a population of 11 million, the number of new cases per day is around 3,500. 965 thousand people have been infected with the virus in the country so far, 23 thousand 909 people have died.