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Consultative committee determines rules for outdoor terraces

Today, in the Consultative Committee, the federal government and the governments of the federated entities implemented earlier decisions. Among other things, the conditions for opening terraces in the catering industry and for events in May and June were laid down. The Consultative Committee also calls on everyone to get vaccinated.

  1. Confirmation end of Easter break (outdoor bubble, stores and contact professions)

The Consultative Committee confirmed again the end of the Easter break on April 26.  This means that starting Monday, people are allowed to meet outside in groups of 10.

Retailers will also be allowed to receive customers without an appointment from Monday on. Shopping alone is no longer required, but only one other member of the household can accompany you.

Non-medical contact professions - including hairdressers and beauticians reopen under stricter protocols.

  1. Terraces

The conditions for opening terraces were set as follows:

  • Maximum of 4 people sitting at one table (or people from the same household)
  • At least 1.5 meters between tables
  • Seated only
  • Face mask required for staff and customers to the extent when that they are not seated at the table
  • Service at the bar is not allowed
  • The customer may enter the indoor area occasionally and briefly to go to the toilet, to enter the terrace or to pay.
  • Opening hours are limited from 08h00 to 22h00
  1. Events

The Consultative Committee also confirmed the previous decisions for the culture and event sector for the month of May. This includes major events such as cultural and other performances, competitions and trade fairs.

This means that outdoor activities up to 50 people will be allowed in the month of May. A series of test events will also be organized indoors.

In the month of June, outdoor activities are possible up to 200 people. For indoor activities, the maximum room occupancy is 75% of the Covid Infrastructure Risk Model (CIRM), with a ceiling of 200 people as well.

People attending indoor and outdoor events should always wear face masks and maintain appropriate social distance. At indoor events, people also have to remain seated at all times. 

  1. Youth and club activities

The Consultative Committee confirms that as of May 8, activities in an organized context (e.g., sports clubs or associations) with up to 25 people will be possible outside and for all ages, but without an audience and without an overnight stay. Children up to and including 12 years of age can participate in indoors activities with up to 10 people

From 25 June, indoor and outdoor activities are possible in an organized setting up to a maximum of 50 people. For youth camps, overnight stays will also become possible from that date. Fairs and non-professional flea markets and second hand markets also become possible starting in June.

  1. Importance of vaccination and personal responsibility

The gradual reopening of the economy and the resumption of social life will keep pace with the vaccination campaign. That is why the Consultative Committee is calling on everyone to get vaccinated. When you receive an invitation, accept it immediately. This is not just a ticket to freedom for yourself, but for all of us.

Relaxing the rules will be step by step process. More freedom also means more individual responsibility. By staying safe in the coming days and weeks, we can have a great summer.