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CORONAVIRUS BELGIUM

COVID 19 Restrictions For Belgium

Post update – All restrictions mentioned in this post are now in force until the 3rd of May 2020. for an update on the most recent restrictions please visit

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I have tried to spice up this post with a few interesting images but it is primarily an information post about the restrictions that came into force at midnight on Friday 13th of March in Belgium. I have noticed some differences between what we are being told here and the information that is coming from the UK news agencies and so I presume other international news media. Hopefully this “from on the ground” information will be useful to any readers or their friends and family, that may be travelling to Belgium or those who are just curious about the situation here.

International Travel

As far as I know the Belgian government has placed no restrictions, at this time, on international travel. However, unnecessary travel to and from Belgium is not advised.

Post update – Personal international travel is no longer possible until further notice

Public Transport Within Belgium

All public transport, trains, buses, ETC should be running on a normal schedule. However some of the providers are refusing to take cash payments and the others are advising against cash payments for fares. Pre paid tickets and payment by smart phone are advised and obligatory with some providers.

Belgian Schools Are Not Closed

This is the biggest mistake that I have heard and seen in the UK media. The facts are lessons have been cancelled but schools remain open, to provide child day care. I’m not sure what they are doing with the youngsters, perhaps letting them run around the play ground poking each other away with meter sticks (could be a fun new game) but children will be attending schools unless their parents can make other arrangements.

Post update – Crèches and other pre school age child facilities are also allowed to remain in operation.

Post update – Universities, colleges and other further and higher education institutions, have been instructed to live stream lectures via the internet rather than in lecture theatres and class rooms.

Sporting And Cultural Events

All sporting and cultural events (festivals, mass art gatherings ETC) and all other indoor and outdoor gatherings and events are cancelled and banned until the 3rd of April, at this time.

Museums, Cinemas And Venues

All museums, cinemas, art galleries, concert venues, theatres, theme parks, ETC, are closed until the 3rd of April, at this time.

Restaurants, Cafes and Bars

I have had mixed messages about this. One version is that all restaurants, cafes, bars and other places where you can eat and drink on the premises must be closed after 3 pm. The other version is that these places are closed altogether. One way or another I will find out and update this post when possible. These restrictions are in force until the 3rd of April, at this time.

Post update – As far as I can tell, restaurants and bars, ETC remain closed all day. Hotels are allowed to open but their bars and restaurants must also remain closed.

Gyms ETC

All gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, sports training centres and the like are closed until the 3rd of April, at this time.

Libraries

Libraries will remain closed until the 3rd of April, at this time.

Post update – Libraries are now allowed to open but social distancing regulations, people keeping 1.5 meters apart, must be respected.

Shops

Essential shops, food shops, markets, pharmacists and the like, will remain open as normal. Other shops are allowed to open from Monday through to Friday but must close at the weekends. This situation is in force until the 3rd of April, at this time.

Post update – Staffed fuel (petrol and diesel) stations are also allowed to open at the weekends.

Frites shops And Take-aways

Frituurs (chip or fry shops) and other take away food venues remain open but only for take away food. No consumption on the premises is allowed. Until 3rd of April, at this time.

Myself

I have not shown any symptoms of infection at this time but the situation has caused some hot fantasising.

Well despite the present crisis, this remains the blog of an F/m spanko 🙂

Prefectdt

12 responses »

  1. Thank you Prefectdt, love the pics! It’s interesting to see what different Governments are doing. Interesting situation with schools and shops. I suppose the theory with schools is that it will reduce the number of kids? You’re still going to have a number of kids together in the same space.

    Alot of cancellations here but no closures of schools, shops etc. However, everyone entering NZ is required to self isolate for 14 days from today at the moment.

    Hugs
    Roz

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    • Hi Roz. The philosophy over the schools is that, like in many countries, when the kids are off school and mum and dad are working, it is very often the grandparents who keep an eye on the kids. As most youngsters who contract the virus never show any symptoms, it was feared that they might infect the more elderly and most vulnerable group, that grandma and grandpa might belong to.

      I hope that the New Zealand authorities manage to contain the outbreak at your end of the world.

      Prefectdt

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  2. Interesting to read the restrictions you have….. all our cultural and sporting events have been cancelled – postponed? – all libraries, swimming pools , museums etc are closed. Our schools are closed for 3 weeks. Stores are open as are restaurants. The panic buying is ridiculous!! I needed to refill my prescription for blood pressure meds and they told me they are back ordered… so many requests that they can’t keep up with them. I was told to contact my doctor and see if there is an alternate script…… sigh.. and of course the whole toilet paper hoarding is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!! Never mind today (Saturday) there is hardly any meat or tinned goods in the stores – all because people are panic buying in BULK!!

    Take care of yourself — and wash your hands!!! (grinning) with or without the spanking incentive.

    Reply
    • The panic buying here has been a little weird. I might put an add on to the next post about that. The 3rd of April is a provisional date, restrictions might go on longer than that. So “cancelled until further notice” might have been a better way of putting it. If things go on for a long time, there may not be enough of the year left to put on all the sporting fixtures and events.

      I carry hand sanitiser with me where ever I go morning star. Still you can’t beat a good fantasy 🙂

      Prefectdt

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  3. Well i’ve been following the Covid news in my country closely, as well as reports from around the world, but I must say yours has been by far the most entertaining report I’ve seen all year!

    Please stay safe, and WASH YOUR HANDS!

    Reply
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