The Committee notes that the number of daily hospitalizations has evolved to less than 75 admissions per day over the past seven-day period and that the number of hospital beds occupied by corona patients is less than 1,000. The positivity ratio has fallen below 4% during the same period.
The Consultative Committee stresses the importance of full vaccination in order to maximize protection. The objective remains to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible. As long as fully vaccinated persons and persons who have not yet been fully vaccinated meet each other, a distance of one and a half meters and the use of a mask are recommended.
June 27, 2021: new step Summer Plan
The decrease in the number of infections and hospitalizations allows for a new step in the Summer Plan starting June 27:
- Social contacts: up to 8 people inside, excluding members of one’s own family and children up to and including 12 years of age. This also applies to family vacations in a tourist accommodation. Tourist lodges that can accommodate more than 15 people have no restrictions, provided that applicable protocols are respected.
- Shopping: No more restrictions on the number of people you can store with. Mouth mask remains mandatory.
- A maximum of 8 people is allowed, not counting children up to 12 years old. A household may share a table.
- The compulsory closing hour will be delayed to 1:00 at night. This closing hour also applies to home delivery restaurants and night stores.
- The use of plexiglass is allowed on patios as an alternative to the 1.5-meter rule between table parties.
- Café sports and games of chance are permitted, subject to the wearing of a mouth mask.
- For banquets and receptions, there are no longer any limits on the number of attendees. Otherwise, the rules of the catering industry apply.
- Religious services: up to 200 persons inside and 400 persons outside. When using CERM or CIRM, provisions apply to the events sector.
- Markets, fairs, bric-a-brac and flea markets: from a visitor number of 5,000 people with one-way traffic plan, with separate entrance and exit. Mouth mask requirement in July and August.
- Fairgrounds: from a visitor number of 5,000 persons with one-way traffic plan, with separate entrance and exit. Mouth masks compulsory in July and August. With disinfected hands before the attraction and social distancing between visitors or admitted groups. Applicable rules are posted in the booth or attraction.
- Permitted capacity events:
- Indoor: increase 100% of the CIRM capacity to a maximum of 2,000 attendees, with an increase to 4,000 attendees for test events and as soon as the COVID Safe Ticket is available and only when the COVID Safe Ticket allows access to the event.
- Outdoors: increase from 2,500 to 5,000 attendees when only the COVID Safe Ticket grants access.
- Gatherings and demonstrations: the nightly gathering prohibition is dropped and the restrictions on demonstrations are dropped, provided that the mouth mask obligation and the safe distance obligation are respected.
- Team-buildings: physical team-buildings are again permitted.
Service Cheque Sector
The Consultation Committee decides to extend the measures in force in the service voucher sector until September 30, 2021, including the employer’s obligation to provide mouth masks and disinfectant gel for each service.
Finally, the Consultation Committee formulates a number of clarifications:
- In all sporting activities, each participant up to and including 18 years of age may be accompanied by one member of the same family.
- Sanitary infrastructure such as changing rooms and showers may be used.
- When at events, cultural and other performances, sporting competitions, training sessions and conferences there are catering activities, takeaway is also allowed.
- Organizers using the COVID Safe Ticket are not required to offer the testing option at the entrance of the event.
- The mouth mask requirement at outdoor events is waived if seated.
A next Consultation Committee is scheduled for July 16.
Finally… 10 tips for enjoying summer safely
- Get vaccinated. The more people vaccinated, the safer for all of us.
- Wash your hands regularly. And also follow other hygiene rules like when coughing or sneezing.
- Sick or symptomatic? Stay home and contact your doctor.
- Test yourself if you have not yet been vaccinated. You can find a self-test at the pharmacist.
- Choose to go outside. Because outside is safer.
- Smaller is nicer. A group of five is safer than a group of fifty.
- Everyone in the group vaccinated? The mouth masks can come off.
- Air and ventilate indoor spaces. This is how you avoid a virus cloud inside.
- Keep a safe distance. It is safer to stay at a distance of five and a half feet until everyone has been vaccinated.
- Keep it safe while traveling, too. Download the digital corona certificate, use your corona app, and find out about local rules.