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Brussels regional government approves widening of scope of Covid Safe Ticket

The regional government in the Brussels-Capital Region has approved the widening of the scope of activities for which a Covid Safe Ticket will be required. Currently, like in the rest of the country, people wishing to attend events such a concerts and professional football matches are required to prove that they have either been fully immunised, recovered from a coronavirus during the past 6 months or have tested negative for the virus during the past two day (PCR Test) or past 24 hours (rapid test). 

On Sunday evening the Brussels regional government approved measures that, if passed by the regional parliament, will mean that those wishing to for example go for a coffee or a bite to eat or go and visit a family member or friend in a care home will need to produce a Covid Safe Ticket in order to gain entry. The Brussels regional government wants the measures to come into force from the start of next month. However, there are some doubts as to whether the regional parliament will have passed the measures by then.

The scope of the Covid Safe Ticket is being widened in the hope of increasing the vaccination rate in Brussels. The vaccination rate in the 19 municipalities that make up the capital region is far lower than it is in Flanders and Wallonia. 

If passed by the regional parliament the measures will remain in force until 30 June 2022. The requirement to provide a Covid Safe Ticket will apply to cafés, bars and restaurants, discotheques, sports clubs, gyms, trade fairs and congresses, the cultural, recreational and party sectors, residential care institutions for vulnerable people as well as for all indoor events with more than 50 participants and all outdoor events with more than 200 participants.

 

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