CORONAVIRUS MEASURES IN LOMMEL

Update: please note, due to the stricter measures, we are certainly closed until April 24. We will remain available 7/7 by phone, email and by appointment. More info. 

 

Planning a visit to Lommel? You can discover our city in complete safety. Our accommodation providers remain open and will do everything they can to ensure you have a good time in our city in the safest possible conditions. Restaurants and cafés are unfortunately required to close until 1 May 2021. Remember to always check the website of the business you want to visit in advance, and continue to support our local businesspeople where possible during these difficult times.

 

What do you need to know before you come to Belgium?

 

Are you allowed to travel to Belgium? Is it safe at your destination in Belgium?

Travel for leisure purposes to and from Belgium will be prohibited from Wednesday 27 January to Sunday 18 April 2021. During the period of the ban, only essential travel is allowed (specific information can be found here).

Travellers from the UK, South Africa and South America are required to spend 10 days in quarantine with a PCR test on day 1 and day 7.

Always check the travel advice on the website of the Belgian government in advance. Would you like more information about your specific destination in Belgium? Then you can check it here at any location.

 

Do you have to complete any documents when you travel to Belgium?

Anyone travelling from and to Belgium must be in possession of:

  • A declaration on honour that the movement is an essential journey
  • The Passenger Location Form (stays longer than 48 hours)
  • Negative test taken before departure from country of origin
  • Negative test taken on arrival in Belgium

Specific information can be found here.

 

What health measures are in force?

 

  1. Health measures are essential (washing hands; sneezing or coughing into your elbow).
  2. Keep a safe distance from each other (minimum 1.5 m).
  3. A nationwide curfew applies from midnight to 5am. Exceptionally, you may still leave your dwelling for urgent medical reasons or for work.
  4. Large events, festivals, gatherings both private and public are currently not allowed. Always check the website of the organisation in question.
  5. Non-organised outdoor gatherings are permitted up to a maximum of 4 people, except for family members living under the same roof.
  6. You are required to wear a face mask in certain situations (see below).

 

When do I have to wear a face mask in Lommel?

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in busy places and in public buildings. It concerns concretely the following locations, some of which are specific to Lommel:

  • Between 10 am and 7 pm, a face mask is compulsory for cyclists and pedestrians in the following areas:
    • Kerkstraat and Galerij Vivaldi;
    • Shopping De Singel;
    • Decathlon and Action shopping area;
    • AS Adventure and Zeb shopping area;
    • Krëfel and Lidl shopping area.
  • On public transport. The face covering must be worn from the moment you enter the station or the stop.
  • At secondary school.
  • At Limburg.net recycling parks.
  • At markets and fairs.
  • In shops and shopping centres.
  • In cinemas, theatres, concert and conference rooms, auditoria, museums (and monuments), libraries, casinos and amusement arcades.
  • In places of worship and reflection.
  • In the parts of public buildings accessible to the public, such as the Huis van de Stad and the library.
  • In hospitality businesses except when seated.

If you do not wear a face mask at these locations and in these situations you will be denied access and risk a fine. There will be extra checks on the wearing of face masks to ensure that our city remains safe for our local residents and visitors. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

 

What else do these measures mean for you as a visitor?

 

Can I spend the night in Lommel? 

All lodgings (including campsites, bungalow and holiday parks) are currently allowed to remain open, but their restaurants are closed. Of course, in cooperation with local restaurants in Lommel, our accommodation providers are happy to help you find tasty delivery or take away alternatives to make sure you don't go hungry. (For more information about all these options, any changes to business opening, but also the safety rules, please contact your accommodation).

 

What do I need to know about my visit to shops (food and non-food)?

  • Restaurants, cafes and bars are currently subject to compulsory closure. 
  • Nightclubs and discotheques remain closed
  • All non-essential shops are open by appointment (max. 2 people from the same household).
  • All essential shops are open without appointment (food shops, pet food shops, pharmacies, shops for hygienic products and clothing materials, flower and plant shops, DIY shops, newsagents, bookstores, petrol stations and telecom shops). Shopping is allowed, with maximum 1 person (not counting children under 18) and for 30 minutes.
  • Night shops must close at 10pm. 
  • All shops (essential and non-essential) may deliver or install collection points as long as the measures in force are respected. Consult the information of the shop in question.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is not allowed between 8 pm and 5 am.
  • Local markets selling essential products are open, provided that clear measures are respected.
  • Flea markets and Christmas markets, unfortunately, can no longer take place due to current safety measures in Belgium.

 

Which recreational and tourist activities (sports, culture, folklore, etc.) are possible? Which locations are open?

 

Which activities are currently closed?

  • All other cultural establishments (theatres, concert halls and cinemas)
  • Fitness centres
  • Wellness centres
  • Boat trips and boat rentals

 

I need assistance from one of the other city services?

 

Lommel's city services have been adapted. Please contact them by telephone or e-mail wherever possible.