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.


Street trading

There are several ways of street trading on the territory of the City of Brussels: a trader can register for a market in the city, apply for an individual location in the public space, participate in fairs, rummage sales, flea markets or temporary events. All these places are managed through a regulation and supervised by the Trade Unit.

Coronavirus measures: the markets with fewer than 50 stalls can be reopened after 18 May 2020 after validation by the municipal government, under strict conditions of social distance and hygiene. A planning of progressive reopening is being prepared by the City.

These markets will reopen:

  • Anneessens market from Tuesday 19 May
  • Place Sainte Catherine organic market from Wednesday 20 May
  • Peter Benoit and Rue de Wand markets from Friday 22 May
  • Place Sainte Catherine market from Saturday 23 May

Opening under the following conditions:

  • the maximum number of visitors allowed in the market is one visitor per 1.5 running meters of stall
  • it is not a 'brocante' or a flea market
  • merchants and their staff are required to cover their mouths and noses for the duration of the operation of a stall with a mask or any other fabric alternative
  • the municipal authorities provide the products necessary for hand hygiene, at the market entry and exit
  • the products necessary for hand hygiene in the markets are made available by the merchants to their staff and customers
  • visitors are prohibited from consuming food or drinks in the markets
  • an organization or system allowing to check how many customers are present on the market is set up
  • a one-way traffic plan is drawn up, with separate entries and exits on the market, unless there is a reasoned exemption granted in exceptional circumstances by the local authorities

The market visit is carried out alone and for a period not exceeding the necessary and usual time. An adult can accompany minors living under the same roof or a person in need of assistance.

Access to the markets is organized by the municipal authorities, so as to respect the rules of social distancing, in particular the maintenance of a distance of 1.5 meters between each person, as well as the appropriate prevention measures, which are at least equivalent to those in the Guide for the opening of shops.

Traders can use a 'restart pack' offered by the City (masks, gel, posters). Contact:

Stands on markets

The City of Brussels organizes a dozen of outdoor markets. Some of them offer food, others are more artistic, such as the Antique Market on the Sablon, the market at the Jeu de Balle, the craft market at the Place Agora,...

Some stands are dedicated to a specific product. There are two ways to occupy a place in a market:

  • per subscription: the applications may be submitted after notification of a vacancy or at any other time
  • from day to day (at least 5% of the total number of places), upon presentation of the authorization of the Trade Unit the places are given by drawing lots at the opening of the market. The place is to be paid on the spot.

Stands in public space

On the territory of the City, around 170 places are intended for the itinerant trade, including a Food Truck Trail (with about 20 places which are used in rotation), kiosks, ice cream sales, stands during matches at the King Baudouin Stadium,... The list of these sites is constantly evolving and has been approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Candidacies can be submitted to the Commercial Events Unit following an announcement of a free space or at any other time.

Stands at fairs

The City of Brussels organizes fairs on its territory, such as the Midi Fair, the fair of Laeken,... The travelling fair operators can get a contract for 5 years for a spot or apply for a free spot. Candidacies can be submitted to the Commercial Events Unit following an announcement of a free spot.

Stand at rummage sales, flea markets and other festivities

To obtain a spot near an event, an application should be submitted at least 4 weeks before the event accompanied by a written consent of the organizer of the event.

If the location is just inside the perimeter of the event, then the application should be submitted directly to the organizer of the event.

The Commercial Events Unit will give you the contact details of the organizers and the perimeter of the event.

To register for a market, fair or public space?

In order to get a stand at a market, fair or in public space, an application must be submitted to the Markets Unit or the Commercial Events Unit of the City, either directly at their counter or through a registered letter.

Every application shall be accompanied by the application form and the documents that are listed in this form.

Call for candidates

The City of Brussels regularly publishes notices of free sites for its fairs, markets and itinerant trade. The list of current notifications and deadlines can be found here.