1. Emergency Measures
Decrees, orders or guidelines in effect and pertaining to reopening facilities.
The legal basis of the reopening of companies is laid down in the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020. This Decree has been amended multiple times to adapt the rules for each stage of the reopening. According to art. 2 of the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020, companies have to take preventive measures, which are based on the “Generic Guide for Combatting COVID-19 at Work” of the Federal Government. This guide provides a framework with measures that can be adapted by the different sectors, and by each employer, to their specificities in order to ensure that the activities can be resumed under the safest and healthiest possible conditions. This Generic Guide is further specified by sectoral guides set up by the Joint Committees.
- The latest version of the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020 is available only in Dutch or French.
- The English version of the Generic Guide is published on the website of the Federal Public Service Employment.
- The sectoral guides are usually only available in Dutch or French.
- For more information on the reopening of the economy, consult Van Olmen & Wynant’s dedicated newsletter or FAQ on Corona.
Optimal approach to keep track of the latest updates.
Van Olmen & Wynant has an up-to-date FAQ on Corona in English and will publish newsletters on new initiatives. Other useful websites to find the latest developments are the website of the FPS Employment (only in Dutch or French) and the website of the Federal Association of Enterprises (in English) and Unizo (for SME’s, only in Dutch) and the general governmental website with information on the Coronavirus (in English), the website of the Federal crisis center (only in Dutch, French and German), as well as the websites of Brussels (in English), Flanders (only in Dutch) and Wallonia (only in French).