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Summer plan: four steps to resuming a normal life

 

The Federal Government and the Governments of the Federated Entities decided on a comprehensive Summer Plan today in the Consultative Committee. This plan facilitates a return to a more normal life in four steps.

If the number of ICU beds occupied by COVID patients continues to move toward a maximum of 500, AND if the vaccination campaign goes according to plan, the Summer Plan will consist of four key steps.

Step 1. From 9 June 2021

If 8 in 10 vulnerable people (those over 65 and all adults with underlying conditions) are protected with a maximum of 500 ICU beds occupied by COVID paitents.

  • Each family can receive up to 4 people indoors (not counting children)
  • Working from home remains mandatory, with 1 "return to work day" per week. No more than 20% of employees may be present at any one time (or up to 5 employees in SMEs with fewer than 10 employees). Testing is highly recommended.
  • The hospitality industry is allowed to resume indoor activities between 8 AM and 10 PM, up to 4 people or one household per table and with 1.5 meters between the various tables.

The closing time for outdoor hospitality activities is moved from 10 PM to 11:30 PM. The rules will remain the same: 4 people or one household per table and with 1.5 meters between the various tables.

The rules for indoor and outdoor hospitality activities will continue to evolve during the summer months. The Consultative Committee will set the rules.
 

  • Events (e.g., cultural performances, performances, or sporting events) can go ahead.
    • Indoors: up to 200 people or 75% of room capacity (this room capacity is not the regular room capacity but the more restricted 'Covid Infrastructure Risk Model' (CIRM)); seated, with face mask and at safe distance from each other.
    • Outdoors: up to 400 people, with face masks and at a safe distance from each other.
  • Non-professional sporting events up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors (except for contact sports).
  • Youth activities and camps and club life: up to 50 people, without overnight stay. Pre-testing is highly recommended.
  • Parties and receptions up to 50 people indoors. In all other respects, the rules of the hospitality industry will apply.
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. If the room capacity has been calculated according to CIRM, the rules for events will apply.
  • Fairgrounds, non-professional second hand markets and flea markets can be organised again. They will be organised in the same way as markets.
  • Fitness centres are allowed to reopen with ventilation protocols and mandatory use of an air quality meter in a visible location.
  • Public saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms, hammams are allowed to reopen.
  • Cinemas, bowling alleys, slot machine halls, casinos and betting shops are allowed to reopen subject to ventilation protocols. Just like indoor activities in nature parks, zoos, amusement parks, indoor playgrounds, indoor recreation areas, tropical swimming pools, casinos, betting shops, slot machine halls, unmanned tanning beds and bowling alleys.
  • Door-to-door sales are allowed again, as are the activities of sex workers.
  • Protests and demonstrations up to 100 people, provided they follow a pre-arranged route.
               

The Ministerial Decree, together with the relevant industry protocols, will set the minimum rules.

Step 2. From 1 July 2021

If 6 in 10 adults have had their first vaccine, there is a favorable trend in hospital admissions and with a maximum of 500 ICU beds occupied by COVID patients.

  • Working from home is no longer mandatory, but is still recommended, as is regular testing.
  • No more restrictions on shopping.
  • Non-professional sporting events are allowed without restrictions.
  • Events (e.g., cultural performances, performances, or sporting events) can go ahead.
  • Indoors: up to 2,000 people or 80% of room capacity (CIRM), seated, with face mask and at safe distance from each other.
  • Outdoors: up to 2,500 people, with face masks and at a safe distance from each other.
     
  • Youth activities and camps and club life: up to 100 people, with overnight stay. Pre-testing is highly recommended.
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals up to 200 people indoors or 400 people outdoors.
  • Parties and receptions up to 100 people indoors. In all other respects, the rules of the hospitality industry will apply.

Step 3. From 30 July 2021

If 7 in 10 adults have had their first vaccine, there is a favorable trend in hospital admissions and with a maximum of 500 ICU beds occupied by COVID patients.
 

  • Events (e.g., cultural performances, performances, or sporting events) can go ahead.
    • Indoors: up to 3,000 people or 100% of room capacity (CIRM), with face masks and at safe distance from each other.
    • Outdoors: up to 5,000 people.  As of 13 August, mass events are allowed outside if people can submit proof of vaccination or a recent negative PCR test.
  • Trade fairs are allowed, according to the rules in place for other companies providing goods and services.
  • Parties and receptions up to 250 people indoors. In all other respects, the rules of the hospitality industry will apply.
  • Youth activities and camps and club life: up to 200 people, with overnight stay. Pre-testing is highly recommended.

The Ministerial Decree, together with the relevant industry protocols, will set the minimum rules.

Step 3. From 1 September 2021

If 7 in 10 adults have been vaccinated, there is a favorable trend in hospital admissions and with a maximum of 500 ICU beds occupied by COVID patients.

  • Events (cultural performances, performances, or sporting events) can go ahead.
    • Indoors: to be determined.
    • Outdoors: to be determined.

Mass events (both indoors and outdoors) will be permitted, provided a proof of vaccination or recent negative PCR test can be submitted.

  • Youth activities and camps and club life: no restrictions. Pre-testing is highly recommended.
     
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals: no restrictions.
     
  • Parties and receptions: no restrictions indoors. In all other respects, the rules of the hospitality industry will apply.
     
  • Markets, fairs, non-professional second-hand and flea markets and fairs: no restrictions.

The Ministerial Decree, together with the relevant industry protocols, will set the minimum rules.

Importance of ventilation and vaccination

This broad Summer Plan can only be rolled out without restrictions if we maintain control in our hospitals, and especially in the ICU. Therefore, following the basic rules is very important. Certainly also by ensuring proper ventilation.

Along with keeping a safe distance and wearing a face mask, ventilation is the best way to stay healthy.

Open windows as much as possible: at home, at school, at work. It's a small effort, but it saves lives.

Finally, get vaccinated.

If more people are protected through vaccinations this means fewer things to worry about and, above all, more freedom.