Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) A recent ruling by the Belgian Council of State has rejected the appeal of night shop managers. The Council of State ruled that the decision is proportionate to the objective, which is to prevent partygoers from continuing the evening outside of night clubs after establishments have closed. The decision was prompted by a dispute over the decision to bring the early closing hour forward by two hours to 10:00pm. This is to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
A united front of social partners has called on the government to reverse the decision. The decision was made in the Council of Ministers despite the opposition of the social partners. While theatres may only accommodate 200 seated people, they can also accommodate up to two hundred people wearing masks. In order to prevent the closure of theatres and cinemas, the government has introduced Covid Safe Tickets. These tickets are available online.
The decision also affects night shops in other countries. The Belgian government wanted to increase the number of Sunday openings. The social partners called on the government to change the law by the end of 2006. However, the government acted unilaterally and on 16 February 2007, taking the decision without any consultation or discussion. While the social partners expressed concern, the court decided to reject the appeal and allow the nightclubs to continue operating as normal until the early closing hour.
A group of traders appealed the decision to the Belgian Council of State. The group said that the decision was necessary to protect the safety of the citizens. The decision will have a direct impact on the economic growth of the country. A similar move by the Netherlands could have a positive impact on the country’s tourism. There are over 2 million people in Belgium affected by the pandemic, and the number of deaths has been surpassed by 2814.
A new PLF system will differentiate between leisure and business travellers. Non-residents travelling to Belgium from a red zone will need to submit a negative test result to enter the country. The PLF system will also introduce stricter checks to ensure that people have passed the PLF. And it will be easier to monitor the compliance of tourists with mandatory quarantine rules. If you are travelling to Belgium, it is important to remember that the closing time will be enforced for both leisure and business travelers.
The decision to extend the hours of evening shops in Belgium was welcomed by the government. The law allows for businesses to remain open until midnight on Tuesday and close at 8am on Wednesday. The decision also permits theaters to open early on Mondays and Fridays, so they don’t need to wait until the weekend to resume their business. If the rule is approved, this will be a huge win for both the public and the cultural sector.