Coronavirus measures

The City of Brussels has taken several decisions in order to best respect the measures of the federal government in the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19). More info: coronavirus measures by the City of Brussels.


Face mask required in Brussels

Wearing a face mask is mandatory throughout the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region (since Wednesday 12 August 2020).

Everyone aged 12 years or older is obliged to wear a mouth mask that covers the nose and mouth in all public places and private places accessible to the public throughout the Brussels-Capital Region.

From Thursday 1 October 2020, next measures will apply in the Brussels Capital Region:

  • obligation to always have a face mask with you
  • obligation to wear that mask in shopping areas and around schools


The regulations do provide for a few exceptions. No face mask is required:

  • during sports
  • when performing intensive physical work on public roads
  • for people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask or a face shield
  • for cyclists and (kick) scooter users (when they move on public roads and social distancing can be observed, cyclists must always have a face mask with them so that they can use it if the situation requires it)

Social distancing must always be observed.

When it is not possible to wear a mouth mask or a fabric alternative for medical reasons, a face shield may be used.

Police checks are also being strengthened to enforce this measure and all other measures issued by the National Security Council on 27 July 2020.

Why wear face masks?

More information about (the obligation to wear) face masks:

Created on 12/08/2020 (modified on 28/09/2020)