Restaurants, cinemas, sports activities, masks, and guests at home: Everything you need to know about the new rules in force for the next 20 days.

The Chamber voted on new restrictions on Wednesday (31 votest for, 29 against), which will come into effect on Thursday, 26 November and last until Tuesday, 15 December.

Here is a breakdown of the most important points.

  • Restaurants, bars, hotels: Bars and restaurants will remain closed until 15 December. Take-out, delivery, canteens and foodtruck services remain authorised. Hotels remain open and may offer room service.

  • Masks: For a gathering of 4 to 10 people (not in the homestead), the wearing of a mask and the distance of 2 meters (unless these people are part of the same household), remain in force.

  • Curfew: The curfew remains in place. It is prohibited to go out between 11 pm and 6 am

  • Guests at home: The rules state that an individual can only receive two guests at home that are part of the same household, including children. For example, one can no longer receive two friends that live apart, or a couple with one or more children.

  • Culture and religion: Cinemas, amusement parks, casinos, fairs, theatres and concert halls close their doors. Museums, art centres, libraries, national archives remain open, as well as all religious places (churches, mosques). 

  • Sport: group sport with more than four is prohibited, but this rule does not apply to school activities, elite athletes and senior national teams. Fitness rooms, swimming pools, boulder rooms etc. are also closed to the public. Outdoor sports facilities remain accessible. Clubs can continue to train (maximum 4 people) on a football field or on an athletics track, but the championships are stopped.

In the event of non-compliance with the rules, the managers of restaurants, cafes, fitness centres or other establishments may be subject to a maximum penalty of 4,000 euros. In the event of a repeat offense, "the maximum amount is doubled" specifies the text and the establishment's authorisation can be suspended for three months.

Failure to comply with the curfew results in a warning of 145 euros.

People who do not respect the measure of isolation or quarantine taken by the Director of Health are punished with a fine of 100 to 500 euros.