The Walloon Government adopted this Thursday, at second reading, the draft decree relating to the extended use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) in Wallonia.
With the exception of healthcare establishments, it makes it possible to reduce the constraints of barrier gestures and in particular allows the presence of a greater number of people in the same place. “This measure should make it possible to avoid the aggravation of contamination and, in doing so, the taking of more restrictive measures”, announces the Walloon government in a press release.
This draft decree will now be submitted to the Parliament of Wallonia for adoption in the coming days. If the draft decree is approved as is by parliamentarians, the CST will apply from November 1 according to the following terms:
1. What is the CST like?
The CST is a certificate that can take three forms:
– A vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination (valid only from the 14th day after the second injection or the first in the case of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
– A PCR test certificate negative completed within 48 hours, or a antigen test (quick test) negative done within 24 hours. The tests must be carried out by a legally authorized person.
– A certificate of reinstatement Covid up to 180 days old.
2. How do I get the CST?
The CST is available on the internet. To download it, go to the CovidSafeBe application, on www.masante.be or on the Walloon health network. In order to reach the widest possible audience, and in particular citizens who do not have access to a digital tool or who have difficulty downloading this document, it is also possible to request by phone at 071 / 31.34.93 at receive a paper version by mail.
3. In which sectors will the TSA apply?
The draft decree provides for the compulsory use of the TSA in Wallonia from November 1 in the following sectors:
– Dance halls and nightclubs
– Indoor catering (the CST will not be applicable 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
4. For whom will the CST apply?
The CST will be required for all visitors to the sectors listed above from the age of 16, with the exception of visitors to hospitals, nursing homes and residential care facilities for vulnerable people, for whom the CST will be required at from 12 years old. It will also be required from the age of 12 for people attending mass events.
The use of the CST does not apply, in particular, to the organizers – to people working in one of these sectors or establishments – to people going to a hospital consultation or requiring care – to people accompanying a vulnerable person , fragile or ill in a care establishment (the time of care) – visitors who visit people at the end of their life.
5. In which sectors will the TSA not apply?
The CST will not apply in the private sphere and in closed places not accessible to the public, public transport, public services, educational and school activities, shops and shopping centers, the workplace, during events authorized by local authorities, etc.
6. What are the mask wearing obligations when the CST applies?
In establishments or events in which the CST is used, the wearing of a mask will no longer be compulsory for visitors, with the exception of visitors to hospitals, nursing homes and all other residential care establishments for vulnerable people, for whom the wearing of the mask remains obligatory.
Apart from this specificity, wearing a mask remains compulsory in Wallonia in places where the TSA is not required, in particular in public transport, shops and shopping centers, busy shopping streets (by decision of the local authorities) , higher education buildings, worship buildings or even accessible public administration premises.
7. How long will the CST be in effect?
The extended use of the CST will apply from November 1 until January 15, 2022 inclusive, in order to align with the Brussels system.
The Government affirms that it “will regularly assess the necessity and proportionality of maintaining the extended obligation of the CST in Wallonia with regard to the epidemiological situation. Concretely, the extended recourse to the CST may be lifted if the epidemiological situation allows it and if all the Walloon provinces reach alert level 2 according to the opinion of the RAG for a period of 3 consecutive weeks. The alert level is defined by taking into account in particular the number of contaminations, the trend in hospitalization figures. and occupations of intensive care beds and the percentage of positive tests “.
8. How will the controls be carried out?
The event organizer will check your CST. To do this, they will establish a list of people authorized to carry out this control. These people will be authorized to cross the QR code and your identity data. No data logging is allowed. If the CST is not in order or in case of refusal of a visitor / customer to submit proof of identity, the organizer is obliged to refuse access to the persons in question, and to call on the forces of order if necessary.
9. What are the penalties?
Criminal penalties are provided for in the event of non-compliance with the rules relating to the TSA:
– for visitors: 50 to 500 € fine
– for the organizers: 50 to 2,500 € fine
For the organizers, the mayors can also use their police powers and order the closure of an establishment for a maximum period of 3 months or signify the immediate end of the event. In the event of fraud of a visitor / customer despite the control of the organizer, the responsibility of the organizer is not engaged, but only the individual responsibility of the fraudster.