Belgium to remove need to wear face mask on public transport

Belgium- The Consultative Committee intends to deactivate Belgium’s coronavirus barometer on Monday, May 23, removing the requirement to wear a face mask on public transportation after the weekend.

On Friday, the authorities issued a report to announce their decisions rather than holding a news conference with Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, and each region’s minister-president.

Since all coronavirus indications are improving, the need to wear a facial mask will be abolished everywhere – except in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies.

De Croo mentioned in the statement, “This means people will no longer have to wear a face mask in public transport.”

This also means that customers will be allowed to board De Lijn buses from the front doors once more since the business stated last week that the plastic barrier between the driver and the passengers would be removed starting next week.

Indoor ventilation is also highly recommended since it provides a strong barrier against virus transmission and is generally beneficial to one’s well-being, health, and productivity.

The prohibition on non-essential travel from outside the European Union, as well as the requirement to be tested on days 1 and 7 after returning to Belgium, will be repealed. The 10-day quarantine period will be eliminated, as will the necessity to show a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

“However, this does not apply to travellers coming from a country with a new variant of concern. The current rules continue to apply for them,” De Croo said.

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