A consultation committee with the Prime Ministers of all governments will meet again on Friday, May 20th. Perhaps a decision will be made to abolish public transport mouse masks.

Federal Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) has called for the abolition of mouse masks for trains, trams and buses. He has already discussed this with his Flemish colleague Lydia Peeters (Open VLD). Mouth masks will probably be stored at a medical institution.

Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) has already shown at the end of last month that the still yellow corona barometer could be “put in a drawer.” Therefore, at that point, the remaining corona measures will disappear.

That’s not really much different, but almost all measures have already been mitigated with Code Yellow. Mouse mask requirements on public transport are technically separate from barometers as they relate to events, catering and leisure.

Virologist Stephen Van Guft believes that it is possible to abolish the obligation to use mouse masks on public transport. “If you look at the numbers in the corona, you’re heading in the right direction. Now you can see that all the parameters are slowly decreasing. That’s good.”

“On the other hand, I noticed that many viruses are still circulating,” he immediately adds. “There are still many infections. Ventilation is not always optimal in public transport. It is a potential risk if people do not wear masks, especially for those who are vulnerable to health.”

If people don’t wear masks, it’s a potential risk, especially for people with vulnerable health

Virologist Stephen van Guft

Virologist Marc Vann Ranst distinguishes between different types of public transport. “I don’t see such problems on the train except when it’s very busy or when the connections are busy. Older buses with only open skylights are at higher risk. . Modern buses have adequate ventilation. “”

In any case, both virologists recommend that vulnerable people wear mouse masks. “And preferably a high quality ffp2 mask. It provides excellent protection even if you don’t wear a mouse mask in your surroundings,” Van Gucht explains.

“The numbers are declining. We couldn’t continue this until the end of the time,” Van Ranst concludes. He points out that politicians need to clarify that this is always a temporary measure and that the virological situation may be different again next winter.






  • No viewer restrictions
  • No Covid Safe Ticket Required
  • Mouth masks are no longer required.FFP2 mouth mask is recommended for medically vulnerable groups

  • No more business hours
  • No Covid Safe Ticket Required
  • Mouth masks are no longer required.FFP2 mouth mask is recommended for medically vulnerable groups

  • Mouth masks are no longer required.FFP 2 mouth mask recommended for medically vulnerable groups in indoor activities
  • For youth camps, there are no more accommodation restrictions
  • There is no further limit to the ability of the activity

  • “Dynamic” events where the audience is not fully seated are possible again. Think of a meeting, party, or concert with a (partially) standing audience
  • Up to 70% occupancy is possible for dynamic indoor activities and 80% for non-dynamic indoor and outdoor events. It will only be fully occupied if ventilation standards are met and the CO2 meter remains below 900ppm.
  • Mouse mask required for internal seating events
  • Mouse masks are only required for event staff with a dynamic audience both inside and outside
  • Covid safe ticket required.From 50 internal participants and 100 external participants

  • There are no more restrictions on business hours or the number of people at the table.You can also drink pints at the bar at the cafe
  • You no longer need a customer mouse mask. For staff only.
  • Covid safe ticket required.Always from 100 people inside and outside
  • Nightclubs and dance cafes can be reopened

  • Mouth mask relaxation: only so-called “outside” contact
  • There is no further limit to the capacity of outdoor activities, and up to 200 people can enter indoors.
  • Recommendations for “avoid intensive contact”

  • Only events for seated or “non-dynamic audiences”, both indoors and outdoors. Dance parties are completely prohibited.
  • Mouse mask is a must anytime, anywhere
  • Covid safe ticket required.From 50 internal participants and 100 external participants
  • The capacity is limited to 200 people. The maximum occupancy of a large room is 70%. It will only be fully occupied if ventilation standards are met and the CO2 meter remains below 900ppm.

  • Midnight closing time
  • Covid safe ticket required
  • A must-have mouse mask for customers and staff
  • Up to 6 children per table, children up to 12 years old are not counted.
  • Nightlife is closed

  • Organizational group activities are allowed, with up to 80 internals and up to 200 externals.
  • Face masks are only needed internally unless you are sitting or can keep a distance in a safe way, or the nature of your activity does not allow this.
  • Accommodation in the camp is allowed, but it is advisable to test yourself before and after
  • Covid Safe tickets can be requested for indoor activities from 50 adults

Source: vrt

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