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Fifth wave of Covid-19: the prefecture of the North strengthens controls at the Belgian border

FIFTH WAVE – Faced with a surge in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Belgium, health measures at the French border are reinforced, the Northern Prefecture announced on Saturday, November 13.

The time has come for caution in the North as the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Belgium is worrying. The country has indeed recorded an average of 10,081 new cases of Covid-19 per day over the last seven days, a figure up 39% compared to the previous seven days, according to the latest official statistics.

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In this context, the prefecture of the North has decided to put in place more restrictive measures for people from this country. Thus, since Saturday, to return to France, travelers (with the exception of children under 12) must present a complete vaccination schedule or the negative result of a PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours, against less 72 hours at present.

However, this obligation “does not concern the travel of road transport professionals in the exercise of their activity”, specified the prefect. “Land trips lasting less than 24 hours within a perimeter defined by a radius of 30 kilometers around the place of residence” and “business trips whose urgency or frequency is incompatible with the performance of a screening test or examination” are not affected either.

Health pass: emphasis on checks

In addition, after the publication of a new decree signed by the Prime Minister and dated November 10, the prefect of the North said this Saturday that new health measures will apply soon in his department while recalling the maintenance of the port masks for all people over 11 in queues, groups of more than 10 people, or even fairgrounds.

As for the health pass, it remains compulsory in places of leisure and culture, bars, restaurants, including on terraces, in fairs and trade shows, in health, social and medico-social services and establishments and in public transport for long-distance inter-regional journeys. “Numerous operations to control the application of the health pass have been carried out in recent days and will continue in the days to come”, again warned the prefecture.

The prefect also mentioned the end of a measure: that of the gauge which applied to theaters and concerts that welcome a standing audience, as well as to dance halls and discos. From Monday, they will be able to accommodate more than 75% of their capacity. “The interior fittings and operating conditions in these establishments must nevertheless allow the respect of barrier gestures”, added the prefecture.

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