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Belgian terraces will have to close at 10 p.m.

Not yet reopened that the terraces of the kingdom are already experiencing restrictions. Thus, on Friday, the consultation committee set the terms and conditions for welcoming hotel and catering customers from May 8.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Not yet reopened that the terraces of the kingdom are already experiencing restrictions. Thus, on Friday, the consultation committee set the terms and conditions for welcoming hotel and catering customers from May 8.

When Luxembourg revises what should be called terraces (and therefore the spaces that cafetiers and restaurateurs can use), on the Belgian side, the time is still only at the reopening protocol. Thus, the consultation committee of this Friday, April 23, for example, decreed that as of May 8, the terraces of Brussels and the other provinces will only be able to accommodate a maximum of 50 customers at the same time.

The meeting also allowed the various partners to decide on the operating hours. While Belgium has an upsurge in covid cases, there is no question of extending the service beyond 10 p.m. Pile between what wanted the Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (9 p.m.) and the leaders of the MR (11 p.m.).

A limitation of 4 people per table has also been agreed. Only one exception will be tolerated: if they are members of the same household. The waiters will have to navigate between the tables with a mask, while customers will only be able to remove it when seated. The indoor sanitary facilities will remain accessible.

But, however, caution: it had been stipulated in recent days that the terraces could only put the cover or serve glasses under several conditions. That the vaccination rate reaches 70% for those over 65 and that the number of intensive care beds occupied by covid patients drops significantly. Two data still far from being reached. The dry diet could therefore still be relevant for terraces on the occasion of the next Mother’s Day in Belgium.


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