What are the sanctions if you don’t comply with the general COVID-19 measures?

Updated on Wednesday 01 July - 4pm

The general COVID-19 measures applicable in Belgium are introduced by the Ministerial Decree of 30 June 2020 regarding urgent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID19.

The municipal authorities and the police are responsible for the implementation of this Ministerial Decree. The police will ensure compliance with this Ministerial Decree, if necessary, by using force or coercion.

Infringements by individuals can be punished with imprisonment of 8 days up to 3 months and/or with a fine of 208 EUR up to 4,000 EUR. Legal entities can be punished with a fine of up to 48,000 EUR.

Also, municipalities can adopt regulations imposing administrative sanctions. The amount of the administrative fine is 250 EUR. The fine cannot be imposed on minors. An appeal with the police court is possible. This system applies as of 7 April 2020 (See: Royal Decree of 6 April 2020 No. 1 on combating any non-respect of urgent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 by introduction of municipal administrative sanctions).

Other sanctions may apply based on the rules regarding the well-being of employees.

Do not hesitate to contact Jessica Xiong  or William Timmermans for further information.

The above information is merely intended as comment on relevant issues of Belgian law and is not intended as legal advice. Before taking action or relying on the comments and the information given, please seek specific advice on the matters that are of concern to you.

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