The Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises said on Friday that a date for the reopening of the Horesca sector would be announced on Monday 25 May.

The question of allowing cafés, restaurants and hotels to reopen in Luxembourg has persisted since the country began to exit lockdown.

When asked about the matter on Friday morning, Lex Delles, Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Minister for Tourism, avoided going into detail, but said a potential reopening was being considered for the weekend of 29 May.

He told RTL the government was aware it was vital for the sector to resume its activities, and that the Pentecost weekend was typically a busy weekend for those in hospitality.

Delles said the Prime Minister was expected to make an announcement on Monday with figures to guide when the sector could be allowed to reopen.

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The reopening will involve strict sanitary measures in restaurants, cafés and hotels. The Minister has already confirmed that it will be necessary to respect a distance of 2 metres between each table and, if necessary, install partitions.

Establishments can only accommodate as many customers as there are seats, and customers will not be allowed to sit at the counter. Customer names will be taken in case contact tracing is required in cases of infection.

Delles said he was confident the risk of infection could be kept as low as possible provided customers respect distancing and other hygiene practices.