Since Wednesday August 12th 2020, wearing a mask has become compulsory in the 19 Brussels communes. From now on, all persons aged 12 and over will have to cover their nose and mouth in public spaces and in private places accessible to the public. Anyone not complying with this rule will be charged with 250€ fine.
This decision has been taken following the 50 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants average per week. Between August the 2d and the 8th , 663 new contaminations were confirmed in Brussels, which represents an increase of 242 cases compared to the previous seven-day period.
Why is it essential to wear a mask?
Wearing a mask provides a physical barrier to limit the spread of the virus from person to person. It is essential that you do not touch your face and mask when wearing it without first washing or sanitizing your hands.
A few exceptions:
However, the new regulations do provide for a few exceptions for sportsmen and women, workers performing intensive physical work on the public roads and persons with a disability that does not allow them to wear a mask or visor.