The Walloon government’s draft decree providing for the extension of the Covid Safe Ticket to the south of the country fixes its compulsory use in certain sectors from November 1, the executive said in a press release on Thursday.
The entry into force of this extension had so far been envisaged between October 15 and November 1.
The rules are inspired by those put in place in Brussels. The Covid Safe Ticket will thus be compulsory in the following sectors :
– Dance halls and nightclubs
– Indoor catering (the CST will not apply for take-away, on terraces, in social restaurants and food aid services)
– Residential care establishments for vulnerable people: hospitals, rest homes, day care centers, rehabilitation centers, establishments for disabled people, psychiatric establishments or establishments for people with mental disorders
– Sports centers, fitness centers and indoor sports and more than 200 people outdoors
– Trade fairs and conventions bringing together 50 people or more indoors and 200 people or more outdoors
– Establishments in the cultural, recreational and festive sector bringing together 50 people or more indoors and 200 people or more outdoors
– Mass events bringing together 50 people or more indoors and 200 people or more outdoors
Not applicable everywhere
On the other hand, this pass will not be applicable in public transport, in public services, schools, shops and shopping centers, in the workplace as well as during events authorized by local authorities. The CST certifies either the complete vaccination of its carrier, the possession or a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours or a negative antigen test carried out within 24 hours, or a certificate of recovery from Covid- 19 dating back to a maximum of 180 days. The instrument will apply to all people aged 16 or over, but from 12 years old for those who want to visit people in hospital, or living in nursing homes and residential care facilities for vulnerable people. It will also be required from the age of 12 for people attending mass events.
In establishments or events where the CST will be compulsory, the mask should no longer be worn, with the exception of visitors to hospitals, nursing homes and all other residential care facilities for vulnerable people. However, the mask will remain in place in places where the TSA is not required, namely in public transport, stores and shopping centers, busy shopping streets, higher education buildings, buildings of worship or the accessible premises of public administrations. Criminal sanctions are provided for in the event of non-compliance with the rules relating to the CST, namely a fine of 50 to 500 euros for visitors to the places or events concerned, and of 50 to 2,500 euros for their tenants or organizers. The CST is available on the internet via the CovidSafeBe application, accessible at www.masante.be.