Following many months of shutdown, cafés and restaurants in Luxembourg will partially be allowed re-open again this week. From Wednesday 7 April, customers can have lunch or grab a drink on an outdoor terrace again. Here are the rules.

It may be a "small step", but it is highly symbolic: from Wednesday 7 April until at least 25 April, Luxembourg allows its bars and restaurants to serve their customers on their terraces. But unlike customers in Rhineland-Palatinate, customers in the Grand Duchy do not have to present a negative Covid-19 test result.

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Although open, the terraces will only be accessible from 6am to 6pm. In addition, strict rules are imposed on customers:

  • No more than two people per table, except for people from the same household;
  • Each table is spaced 1.5m apart or separated by a physical barrier (such as perspex);
  • Consumption at the table is compulsory for the customer. Food and drinks may only be consumed while seated;
  • Customers must wear a mask when not seated;
  • Staff in contact with customers must also wear a mask 

Although there can only be two customers at any one table (or more if they live together), the Horesca federation points out that the managers of cafés or restaurants are "not authorised" to carry out an identity check. Recently, the government had already decided that the establishments will not be obliged to keep a register with the customers' contact details.

However, if they fail to comply with the rules, customers could be penalised with a warning of €300, which can even climb to €1,000.