Face Masks Mandated in Public

Jul 25, 2020

Belgian authorities have mandated the use of protective face masks in public areas beginning on 25 July 2020. Police officers will increase their mask compliance checks and are authorized to fine those in violation up to 250 euros (300 U.S. dollars). Travelers may also be fined for failing to complete a questionnaire upon entry aimed at improving the government’s ability to trace contacts in case of a COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, authorities have delayed the country’s phased lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions. Previously, Belgium was scheduled to enter phase five — which would have allowed for the resumption of shows and fairs – as of 1 August. Authorities provided no additional information as to when these restrictions will be lifted.

EU authorities announced on 23 July that face masks must be worn on all European flights and at airports. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the mandate. Additionally, airlines must disinfect aircraft cabins at a higher frequency and enforce social distancing measures during security and check-in procedures

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