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Belgium COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 15, 2020

Important update: From 1st December 2020, Libryo stopped updating this blog and it is no longer live. Check out Libryo’s solution which helps you keep track of the latest updates specific to your operations, from COVID-19 regulation to EHS law. Learn more here.

Libryo was using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates provided highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.


 

Live updates of COVID-19 regulations for

Belgium

Belgium

Click here to see COVID-19 updates for other countries.

 

Last Updated: Thursday 8 October 2020

Arrêté du Ministre-Président de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale modifiant l'arrêté du Ministre-Président de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale du 6 août 2020 portant l'obligation de porter un masque à tout moment sur le domaine public et tout lieu privé mais accessible au public sur l'ensemble du territoire de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale [Order of the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region amending the order of the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region of 6 August 2020 on the obligation to wear a mask at all times on the estate public and any private place but accessible to the public throughout the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region]
 
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The Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region has issued an order that regulates the wearing of masks in public places in the Brussels region. 

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Gazette Number 2020/31386

Notice Number: N. 270

Publication Date: 28 September 2020

Effective Date: 1 October 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/09/28/2020031386/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Friday 25 September 2020

Arrêté ministériel exécutant l'article 15 de l'arrêté royal du 15 juillet 2020 prolongeant les mesures prises en matière de chômage dans le cadre de la lutte contre la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [Ministerial decree implementing Article 15 of the Royal Decree of July 15, 2020 extending the measures taken in terms of unemployment as part of the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus]
 
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The Minister of Employment has issued a decree that extends the unemployment benefits system due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Notice Number: 43025

Publication Date: 17 September 2020

Effective Date: 1 September 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/09/10/2020043025/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Friday 4 September 2020

Arrêté royal portant exécution de l'article 2, alinéa 8 de la loi du 15 juillet 2020 portant diverses mesures fiscales urgentes en raison de la pandémie du COVID 19 (CORONA III), en matière de dispense de versement de précompte professionnel [Royal decree implementing article 2, paragraph 8 of the law of July 15, 2020 on various urgent tax measures due to the COVID 19 pandemic (CORONA III), in terms of exemption from payment of withholding tax professional]
 
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The King of Belgium has published a decree that implements the Law of July 15, 2020 on various urgent tax measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Notice Number: 31289

Publication Date: 31 August 2020

Effective Date: 1 June 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/08/22/2020031289/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Tuesday 30 June 2020

Loi visant à suspendre les délais de préavis des congés donnés avant ou durant la période de suspension temporaire de l'exécution du contrat de travail pour cause de force majeure en raison de la crise du COVID-19 [Law suspending the notice periods for resignation during the temporary suspension of the execution of a contract of employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic]
 
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The House of Representatives of Belgium has issued a law with effect from 22 June 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that allows workers and employers to terminate contracts of employment while they are suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the Government.

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Publication Date: 22 June 2020

Effective Date: 22 June 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/loi/2020/06/15/2020202718/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Arrêté du Gouvernement flamand portant exécution du décret du 29 mai 2020 portant organisation de l'obligation de déclaration et du suivi des contacts dans le cadre du COVID-19 [Order of the Government of Flanders executing the decree of the 29 May 2020 on the organisation of declarations and contact tracing regarding COVID-19]
 
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The Government of Flanders has issued an order, with effect from 12 June 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, that requires that suspected cases of COVID-19 infection are notified by secure electronic message within 24 hours of the suspicion by medical personnel and establishes a centre for tracing the contacts of cases of COVID-19 infection.

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Publication Date: 12 June 2020

Effective Date: 12 June 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/06/12/2020041828/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Thursday 28 May 2020

Accord amiable entre les autorités compétentes de la France et de la Belgique concernant les travailleurs transfrontaliers dans le contexte de la lutte contre la propagation du COVID-19 [Amicable agreement between the competent authorities of France and Belgium concerning cross-border workers in the context of the fight against the spread of COVID-19]
 
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The competent authorities of France and Belgium have published an agreement concerning cross-border workers in the context of combating the spread of COVID-19.

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Publication Date: 26 May 2020

Effective Date: 14 May 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Wednesday 27 May 2020

Arrêté ministériel modifiant l'arrêté ministériel du 23 mars 2020 portant des mesures d'urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [Ministerial decree amending the ministerial decree of March 23, 2020 on emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus]
 
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The Minister of Security and the Interior has published a decree that amends the Decree of March 23, 2020 on emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Publication Date: 25 May 2020

Effective Date: 27 May 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/05/25/2020030933/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Monday 18 May 2020

Arrêté ministériel modifiant l’arrêté ministériel du 23 mars 2020 portant des mesures d’urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [Ministerial Decree amending the ministerial decision of 23 March 2020 urgent measures to control the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 limit]
 
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The Minister of Security and Home Affairs has published a decree which amends the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020 urgent measures to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Gazette Number: 2020/20991

Publication Date: 15 May 2020

Effective Date: 18 May 2020

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

Arrêté royal n° 23 pris en exécution de l'article 5, § 1, 5°, de la loi du 27 mars 2020 accordant des pouvoirs au Roi afin de prendre des mesures dans la lutte contre la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 (II) visant le congé parental corona [Royal decree n ° 23 taken in execution of article 5, § 1, 5 ° of the law of 27 March 2020 granting powers to the King in order to take measures in the fight against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 (II) targeting parental leave corona]
 
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The Minister of Employment has published a decree which establishes a temporary corona parental leave scheme.

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Gazette Number: 2020/20950

Publication Date: 14 May 2020

 

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Friday 1 May 2020

Arrêté royal prolongeant les mesures prises avec l'Arrêté royal n° 4 du 9 avril 2020 portant des dispositions diverses en matière de copropriété et de droit des sociétés et des associations dans le cadre de la lutte contre la pandémie COVID-19 [Royal decree extending the measures taken with Royal decree n ° 4 of April 9, 2020 laying down various provisions in terms of co-ownership and company and association law in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic]
 
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The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of European Affairs, responsible for the Régie des Bâtiments has published a decree which extends the Royal Decree, laying down various provisions in terms of co-ownership and company and association law in the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Publication Date: 28 April 2020

 

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Tuesday 28 April 2020

Arrêté ministériel modifiant l'arrêté ministériel du 23 mars 2020 portant des mesures d'urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [Ministerial order amending the ministerial order of March 23, 2020 laying down emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus]
 
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The Minister of Security and the Interior has published the order extending the closure of non essential shops until 30 June 2020.

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Publication Date: 17 April 2020

Effective Date: 17 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/04/17/2020030704/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


Last Updated: Tuesday 14 April 2020

25 MARS 2020. - Arrêté royal rendant obligatoire la convention collective de travail n° 147 du 18 mars 2020, conclue au sein du Conseil national du Travail, établissant un régime de suspension totale de l'exécution du contrat de travail et/ou un régime de travail à temps réduit en cas de manque de travail résultant de causes économiques pour les employés en raison de la crise du coronavirus [MARCH 25, 2020. - Royal decree making compulsory collective labor agreement n ° 147 of March 18, 2020, concluded within the National Labor Council, establishing a regime of total suspension of the performance of the employment contract and / or a regime reduced-time work due to lack of work due to economic reasons for employees due to the coronavirus crisis]

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The Minister of Employment has published the Decree, which limits the duration of suspension of the employment contract.

When a company applies this collective labor agreement, the duration of the total and partial suspension of the employment contract may not exceed, per calendar year, the maximum duration of sixteen weeks in the event of total suspension of the contract and twenty-six weeks in case of reduced-time work arrangements.

The employee, subject to a total suspension of the execution of the employment contract and / or a reduced-time work regime in case of lack of work resulting from economic causes, will receive, at the employer's expense, 5 EUR per day of unemployment.

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Publication Date: 10 April 2020

Effective Date: 10 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/03/25/2020201593/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

7 AVRIL 2020. - Arrêté du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale de pouvoirs spéciaux n° 2020/013 relatif à une aide en vue de l'indemnisation des entreprises affectées par les mesures d'urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [APRIL 7, 2020. - Order of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region of special powers n ° 2020/013 relating to aid for the compensation of companies affected by emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID coronavirus- 19]

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The Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, in charge of the Economy, the Climate Transition, the Environment, Energy and Participatory Democracy has published the Decree, providing for aid.

This aid consists of a lump sum premium of 4,000 euros for companies forced to close following the measures. These include restaurants and cafes, but also hotels and take-out restaurants that must close their dining rooms. These measures have been gradually tightened, now involving almost the entire retail sector, with a few exceptions for essential services.

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Publication Date: 7 April 2020

Effective Date: 7 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/04/07/2020030566/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

9 AVRIL 2020. - Arrêté royal n° 4 portant des dispositions diverses en matière de copropriété et de droit des sociétés et des associations dans le cadre de la lutte contre la pandémie Covid-19 [APRIL 9, 2020. - Royal decree n ° 4 laying down various provisions in terms of co-ownership and company and association law in the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic]

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The The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of European Affairs, responsible for the Régie des Bâtiments has published the Royal Decree which allows the meeting to continue, but in a manner compatible with the measures taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while allowing shareholders and members to exercise their right to vote.

The administrative body is empowered to decide that shareholders or members can only vote remotely in combination with proxy voting.

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Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/04/09/2020020781/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

Last Updated: Monday 6 April 2020

Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon relatif à l'octroi d'indemnités compensatoires dans le cadre des mesures contre le coronavirus COVID-19 [Order of the Walloon Government relating to the granting of compensatory allowances in the context of measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus]

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The Walloon Government has published the Order of the Walloon Government relating to the granting of compensatory allowances in the context of measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus (the "Order").

The Order describes the conditions for aids for companies affected by the COVID-19:

-A flat-rate grant of 5000 euros will be granted to companies which are closed daily

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Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://wallex.wallonie.be/sites/wallex/contents/acts/28/28212/1.html

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 
Arrêté du Gouvernement flamand portant octroi d'une aide aux entreprises qui sont obligées de fermer en raison des mesures du Conseil national de Sécurité du 12 mars 2020 concernant le coronavirus [Order of the Flemish Government granting aid to companies which are forced to close due to the measures of the National Security Council of March 12, 2020 concerning the coronavirus]

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The Flemish Government has adopted the Order of the Flemish Government granting aid to companies which are forced to close due to the measures of the National Security Council of March 12, 2020 concerning the coronavirus (the "Order").

This Order describes the conditions for aids for companies affected by COVID-19:

-A flat-rate grant of 4000 euros will be granted to companies which are closed daily

-A flat-rate grant of 2000 euros will be granted to companies which are closed for the weekend.

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Publication Date: 15 March 2020

Effective Date: 15 March 2020

Source: https://www.etaamb.be/fr/arrete-du-gouvernement-flamand-du-15-mars-2020_n2020040682.html

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 
Arrêté ministériel portant des mesures d'urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [Ministerial order carrying emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus]

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The Minister of Security and the Interior has published the Ministerial order carrying emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus (the "Order").

The Order orders the closure of non essential shops, with exception of :

-Pharmacists
-Food shops
-Book shops
-Petrol stations
-Hairdressers with just one customer

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Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

Source: https://wallex.wallonie.be/contents/acts/27/27983/1.html

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

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