Buetgenbach Hotel Buetgenbacher Hof 17(c)Christian Charlier

Coronavirus in East Belgium: The most important information

Safety during your holiday

Find here a summary of the current Covid-19 recommendations for your stay:
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  • Hygiene measures remain essential;
  • Outdoor activities should be favoured wherever possible. Where necessary, rooms should be adequately ventilated;
  • The rules regarding safety distance continue to apply, except for people within the same family, for children under the age of 12 and for people with whom there is closer contact, i.e. the extended bubble. Those who cannot respect the safety distance have to wear a mouth mask;
  • It is possible to have closer contact with 10 different people every week, in addition to the family members (= extended personal bubble). This is an individual right. These 10 people can change from one week to the next.
  • Until now, the contact bubble of each individual was limited to 15 people per week. From Wednesday 29.07.2020, it will be limited to the same 5 persons for the next four weeks, and this per household, not per person. Children under twelve years of age are not included in this calculation. These 5 people outside your household are therefore people with whom you have close contact and for whom the safety distance cannot always be maintained;
  • Meetings in a non-organised setting, such as family or friends, are limited to a maximum of 10 people (children under 12 years are not counted). This limit also applies to receptions and banquets.
  • The accommodations are open for guests again since 8 June;
  • 1.5 m distance is a basic rule for accommodation facilities;
  • Book in advance;
  • For gastronomy areas, the already existing regulations for gastronomy are applied;
  • Swimming pools and wellness areas may reopen from 1 July under certain conditions;
  • Family celebrations, banquets, seminars up to 50 persons will be allowed from July 1st.

> Guidelines for tourist accommodation establishments (french version)

  • Stay at home if you show symptoms of illness;
  • A maximum of 10 persons per table;
  • Each customer must remain seated at their own table;
  • Waiters have to wear masks;
  • All hospitality establishments are allowed to remain open until one o'clock in the morning, just like the night shops;
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres to other customers and our staff, even in the queue in front of the shop;
  • Limit your movements in our facility. Only leave your table to go to the bathroom;
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a paper handkerchief and then dispose of it in a waste bin with a lid (e.g. in the toilet);
  • Disinfect your hands before entering;
  • Repeat this regularly during your visit;
  • Pay as much as possible with the card, preferably contactless.

> Guidelines for the catering industry

Under certain conditions, the following facilities may reopen from 1 July:

  • Swimming pools and wellness centres;
  • amusement parks and indoor playgrounds;
  • theatres and cinemas;
  • congress halls.

Despite all the precautions taken to inform you as well as possible, nothing beats contacting the service provider or visiting its website to find out the precise reopening times as well as the terms and conditions for booking and visiting.

Guidelines in the areas of leisure facilities and places of interest under


In the case of organised events governed by and taking place in accordance with protocols, mayors are responsible for reassessing in detail the activities they are organising or have already authorised on their territory, taking into account epidemiological developments. In any case, events that attract large audiences are strictly limited to a maximum of 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors, with compulsory masks. However, this maximum number is always subject to strict compliance with safety rules and protocols.

Please note the new travel regulations in Belgium, which are valid from 1 August: all travellers (both Belgians and foreigners) who have either been abroad for more than 48 hours and are returning or who wish to stay in Belgium for more than 48 hours must fill in a "Passenger Locator Form" online. This measure enables contact tracing in case of infection.

> You can find the form here:

> All information about restrictions on entry and exit at https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BEL

See the official information at: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/