The members of the Consultative Committee met again this Friday for a new meeting to take stock of future relaxations and to define the terms of the decisions that have already been taken.

And, as expected, many measures have been taken. Here is a recap of what to remember:

> From Wednesday 9 June, the first phase of the summer plan will be active.

Travel

The Concertation Committee also set the rules for free and safe travel in the European Union this summer. This will be possible thanks to the European digital covid certificate.

The certificate, which will be used in all EU countries from July 1, proves that its holder has been vaccinated, tested negative or is cured of the coronavirus.

Travel to countries outside the Union remains strongly discouraged.

1. Return of Belgian nationals after a stay abroad

– Green or orange zone return

No obligation to quarantine or test. Please note: the status of an area may change during your stay.

– Red zone return

People with a European digital covid certificate attesting to a complete vaccination (+ 2 weeks), a recent negative PCR test (<72 hours) or a certificate of recovery should not self-quarantine.

People who get tested on arrival (day 1 or day 2) should not self-quarantine. For young people from 12 years old, a negative PCR test is required Children under 12 years old are exempt from testing.

– Return to very high risk area (worrying variants):

Mandatory 10-day quarantine with PCR test performed on day 1 and day 7.

This obligation also applies to persons having a complete vaccination or having already carried out a test which turned out negative in the country in question. These are indeed dangerous variants of the virus that we want to keep away from Europe.

2. Arrival in Belgium of non-residents

– Arrival of green or orange zone:

No obligation to test or quarantine

– Arrival from countries in the red zone:

People with a European digital covid certificate attesting to a complete vaccination (+ 2 weeks), a recent negative PCR test (<72 hours) or a certificate of recovery should not self-quarantine.

The recent test must have been carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Belgium.

– Arrival from countries outside the European Union:

People arriving from a country outside the European Union must be fully vaccinated (+2 weeks) with one of the vaccines approved by Europe and undergo a PCR test on the day of their arrival. If the test is negative, these people should not be in quarantine.

– Arrival after a stay in a very high risk area (worrying variants):

An entry ban on the territory applies to non-Belgians who do not reside in Belgium and who have been at any time during the last 14 days in a very high risk area. An exception is made for essential travel by transport personnel and diplomats. These people must respect a quarantine of ten days and pass a PCR test on day 1 and on day 7. The quarantine can only be interrupted for essential reasons.

3. Departure abroad

People with a digital covid certificate can travel freely within the territory of the Member States of the European Union. This is the basic principle, but destination countries can always choose to attach related conditions to it.

It is therefore very important to check sufficiently in advance the precise travel conditions in force in the country of destination or transit. And this, to avoid unpleasant surprises.

The Passenger Location Form remains in effect and remains unchanged.

The distinction between professional and non-professional travel, for its part, falls: from July 1, people who make a professional trip will also have to fill out the PLF, instead of the Business Travel Abroad (BTA) tool.

Two free PCR tests

Children and young people aged 6 to 17 and adults who have not yet had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated and thus be immunized will have the cost of their PCR test reimbursed, with a ceiling of 55 euros . This concerns tests carried out in Belgium after having received a Corona Test Prescription code from the SPF Public Health.

The financial intervention can be claimed a maximum of two times, during the months of July, August and September.

Horeca opening hours

From June 9, the opening hours of the hospitality industry are brought forward and go from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.

In addition, the Concertation Committee decided that from June 9, the closing time will be extended to 11:30 p.m., inside and outside.

Test events

The Consultation Committee has determined the approval procedure for around thirty test events, which will take place between July 1 and August 31 inclusive. The aim is to acquire knowledge on how to organize events in complete safety, taking into account the available scientific data.

In particular, it is planned to organize test events to study the use of the “COVID Safe Ticket”, air quality and crowd management.

Large-scale events

The Management Committee also specifies the conditions for larger events, which can be organized from August 13. Participants in these events must have full vaccination coverage (+ 2 weeks) or show white paws using a negative PCR test (less than 72 hours). In addition, rapid antigenic tests may be organized on site.

The maximum number of visitors is capped at 75,000.

Next consultation committee

The next Consultation Committee will be held on June 11 and will focus in particular on the continued implementation of the Summer Plan from July 1.

Ten tips and tricks to make the most of your summer

Get vaccinated. The more vaccinated there are, the safer we will be.

Wash your hands regularly. And continue to follow other hygiene rules, such as coughing and sneezing into your elbow.

You are sick ? Do you have symptoms? Stay at home and contact your doctor.

Do a self-test if you have not yet been vaccinated. The self-tests are available in pharmacies.

Focus on outdoor activities. And yes, outside is safer.

In small groups, you will benefit from it. Meeting with five is safer than with fifty.

Are all people in the group vaccinated? The masks can then fall off.

Air and ventilate interior spaces. To avoid the formation of a viral cloud.

Keep your distance a little longer. Keep a distance of 1.5 meters until everyone has been vaccinated, it is safer.

Even when traveling, be careful. Download the digital covid certificate, download the Coronalert app and find out about local measures.