Belgium Moves To Second Phase Of Reopening

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Belgium’s national security council has approved moving to the second phase of the country’s plan to relax the lockdown next Monday.

This will involve a partial reopening of primary and secondary schools under strict conditions, for certain year groups, with masks being distributed for use by staff. Nurseries will remain closed.

Museums will be able to open from 18 May if they sell tickets online and take measures to limit crowds. Hairdressers, beauticians and other businesses that require close contact with customers can reopen by appointment only and with social distancing in the premises.

Weddings and funerals can take place with a maximum of 30 people present and with social distancing measures in place. Receptions after the ceremony are not permitted.

Markets can reopen with a maximum of 50 merchants, if local authorities approve. Masks will be compulsory for sellers and recommended for customers. Social distancing and a “traffic” system for moving around will be required.

Outdoor sports training and sports clubs will be allowed to resume with up to 20 people participating and in the presence of a trainer.

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