Coronavirus: restart for hospitality sector on 8 June

Author: Catherine Mairy (legal expert)

A Ministerial Decree of 5 June 2020 specifies the rules for the resumption of activities among others for the hospitality sector on 8 June 2020.

Resumption with appropriate precautionary measures

The hospitality sector is indeed allowed to resume its activities, but only if specific conditions are met.

As with companies that were already allowed to open previously, the establishments concerned must, among others:

  • take appropriate precautionary measures in good time to ensure, among other things, the application of the rules of social distancing or, if this is not possible, to provide at least an equivalent level of protection.
  • and inform third parties and the employees in good time on the applicable precautionary measures.

Teleworking still recommended

Teleworking continues to be recommended for all employees whose position is suited to teleworking, both in non-essential companies and in companies of the crucial sectors and essential services.

If teleworking is not applied, the employer still has to:

  • take the necessary measures to ensure maximum compliance with the rules of social distancing in the case of a non-essential company;
  • apply, as far as possible, the rules of social distancing in the case of a company of the crucial sectors or an essential service.

Source: Ministerial Decree of 5 June 2020 amending the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020 on urgent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, Belgian Official Gazette of 5 June 2020.

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