Belgium to reopen pools, cinemas, theme parks from July 1

# 01:16
25 June 2020

Belgium will further ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions on July 1, allowing swimming pools, theme parks and party venues to reopen, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Wednesday, although social distancing measures will remain, APA reports citing Reuters.

Belgians will be allowed to go to the cinema or theatre again while respecting social distancing rules, and up to 200 people will be allowed to attend indoor events such as religious services, she said.

Up to 400 people will be allowed to attend gatherings outside, including demonstrations, but are not supposed to move around while doing so.

Belgians will be able to meet as many as 15 friends a week - an increase from 10 currently. Social distancing and hygiene measures must be clearly respected. Wearing a mask in public is recommended and may become mandatory if necessary.

“We are still not safe from a rebound of the epidemic,” Wilmes told a news conference after a meeting of the country’s national security council.

“This summer will have a peculiar taste,” she added.