Dear cycling lover,
While the world is going through difficult times because of the COVID-19 virus, the same goes for Flanders. But the situation is becoming more positive, and measures are being relaxed. Please look for the latest information here. Below is a summary of the most relevant information:
Shops, museums, historic buildings, monuments, castles and zoos have been opened since 18th of May.
Restaurants, cafes and bars reopened on 8th June, and can stay open until 1am (at the latest). Safety measures are in place including having a secure distance between tables, providing a waitered table service for food and drink only, allowing a maximum of 10 persons per table and waiters are obliged to wear a mouth mask.
Daytrips and travels within the country were also made possible on 8th June. As from 15th June, Belgium will open its borders for travel to and from the European Union, and other European countries including the UK and the four Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). Decisions about travelling outside Europe will be taken at a later stage.
From 1st July onwards, cultural activities and performances are allowed again with social distancing remaims in force a maximum of 200 persons will be allowed to gather and wearing a mouth mask is recommended. Amusement parks and cinemas are also entitled to reopen their doors from that moment on, also under strict conditions.
Mass gatherings such as festivals and other events with large crowds remain prohibited until 31st August.
Meanwhile, the public and visitors are always advised to abide by certain basic rules, such as washing hands regularly and keeping a social distance. In public transport, the wearing of mouth masks is compulsory for anyone 12 year plus.
If you are planning a trip to Flanders in the near future, please consult your local government's advice or contact your tour operator for the most up-to-date information, relevant to your stay. If you require more in depth information on the Covid-19 situation in Belgium, please click here to consult the official website of the Belgian federal government.
Current information and inspiration can also be found via our VISITFLANDERS social media channels.
We hope to welcome you soon, with twice the heart, love and hospitality. You are most welcome!
The team of Cycling in Flanders and VISITFLANDERS
PS: We are delighted to share with you the new Flanders Classics' race calendar for this autumn. Gent-Wevelgem – In Flanders Fields, Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Ronde van Vlaanderen will be ridden in the week of 11 until 18 October! So please, save this dates (and keep in mind that they remain subject to the Covid-19 measures, determined by Belgium's Federal Government). Fingers crossed!