The Belgian authorities have announced that as of tomorrow, March 7, the country will switch to code yellow. This means that the country’s citizens, as well as travelers, will now be subject to the soft national COVID-19 restrictions.
After the new update, no one will be required to present a valid COVID certificate when accessing bars, restaurants and cafes, among other things. In addition, existing restrictions that apply to various events will also be lifted, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From March 7, the corona scale will turn yellow. The advisory committee decided this. For example, the Covid Safe Ticket in the food industry will disappear, and event restrictions will end. The state of pandemic emergency and the federal phase of the national emergency plan will also be canceled after two years. .
The authorities explained that the decision to relax COVID-19 rules was taken after concluding that the measures could no longer stop the spread of the virus.
According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Belgium has reported 31,703 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days.
As for vaccination rates, figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveal that 88.9 percent of the total adult population has completed basic vaccination. In addition, 74.5 percent have received the last additional vaccine dose.
Although the requirement to present a permit when entering various public places has been abolished, it was emphasized that wearing masks is still mandatory when entering health care institutions. This requirement must be followed by all persons over 12 years of age.
“In healthcare institutions such as hospitals and residential care centres, a mouth mask remains mandatory from the age of 12, just like on public transport,” the authorities added.
In addition, Belgium will also make other changes over the coming days. It was revealed that from March 11, travelers will be able to enter the country without having to follow additional entry rules.
According to the authorities’ statement, the requirement to complete a Passenger Locating Form (PLF) will no longer be valid for travelers arriving in Belgium from an EU country or Schengen area.
However, travelers from other countries will still be subject to entry rules.