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Masks compulsory in shops and other venues from Saturday

22:02 09/07/2020

Wearing a mask will be compulsory in all Belgian shops, cinemas, museums and libraries from this Saturday, 11 July, it has been announced.

Theatres, concert halls, conference venues and places of worship are also included in the new rules, which apply to anyone aged 12 and over.

The list of applicable venues may change over time, depending on the coronavirus situation in Belgium.

A committee of Belgium's various levels of government made the decision on Thursday after receiving advice from the expert panel in charge of the coronavirus exit strategy.

A ministerial decree will soon confirm the sanctions for non-compliance, as well as measures allowing for venues to be closed down if they do not apply the rules.

Belgium's Higher Health Council, the federal health ministry's scientific advisory body, had this week strongly urged the federal government to make wearing a mask compulsory in shops.

The council said that the measure was necessary "to protect the population from the sometimes inappropriate behaviour of certain people who are not concerned about protecting themselves and others".

Wearing a mask has, until now, been only "recommended" in shops and other public places where a safe distance cannot be guaranteed.

The formal requirement to wear a facemask has only applied to public transport including airports, and businesses where close contact is necessary, such as hairdressers.

Written by The Bulletin

Comments

danbruylandt

Do we have a federal government then?
Surely that's a joke.
A sick joke ! ! !

Jul 10, 2020 00:05
carol.delusigna...

And who's going to enforce it? Masks have been "obligatory" in several streets near my house for weeks, but the rule is widely flouted, and if one has the temerity to suggest to an offender that they put theirs on you'll get a torrent of abuse at best and a knuckle sandwich at worst

Jul 10, 2020 09:45
shirley.foxcastle

Not a mask to be seen in Toison d'Or yesterday afternoon! Most were young people drinking on terraces or shopping. I felt I was being stared at for wearing a mask in the throng.

Jul 10, 2020 10:57
langjan51@gmail.com

Wearing mask in public transport is compulsory; but unfortunately people are not maintaining physical distance posing a high risk of spreading the corona virus. Also, the buses,trams,metros are not clean enough which is unsafe for travelling. Specially STIB; Lijn buses are little bit cleaner. If we don’t maintain basic protection, how can we overcome and control COVID-19?

Jul 10, 2020 13:10
JohnIreland

Reply to CAROL.DELUSIGNA...'s question "who is going to enforce it"? The police?

Jul 11, 2020 02:07