Seeing people

Belgium has relaxed its rules on the maximum number of people you can see outside your immediate family. The rule was initially four people, then 10 per week. Since 1 July, it is 15 people per week. Gatherings – at home, in a park or in a restaurant – are currently allowed for up to 15 people, children included.

For example, at present, if you live with a partner, each of you can see 15 friends, and these 15 people can change from one week to the next. But, as a couple, you cannot invite all 30 of your week’s friends out for a meal, picnic or birthday party.

Policing

Police are no longer patrolling the streets specifically to enforce the coronavirus measures. Instead, the coronavirus checks have become part of the police’s other routine work. For example, during a routine patrol in the park, police might break up groups of more than 15 people. “We are now in a new phase,” said a local police spokesman. “We are counting on the common sense of our fellow citizens.” Police are no longer patrolling the streets specifically to enforce the coronavirus measures. Instead, the coronavirus checks have become part of the police’s other routine work. For example, during a routine patrol in the park, police might break up groups of more than 15 people. “We are now in a new phase,” said a local police spokesman. “We are counting on the common sense of our fellow citizens.”