Coronavirus: general measures

In Leuven the following measures, aimed at curbing the coronavirus, are applicable:

6 basic rules to protect yourself and others

  1. Limit your social contacts outside of your household to a minimum.
  2. Keep a 1.5 meters’ distance with all other persons. Wear a mouth mask whenever the safety distance is difficult to keep.
  3. Follow the hygiene rules:
    1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
    2. Do not shake hands or kiss when you greet someone.
    3. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  4. When doing any kind of outdoor activity in group: only groups of a maximum of 4 persons at the same time are allowed, unless your household consists of more.
  5. Do as much as possible in the open air. If this is not possible: always ventilate your indoor location well.
  6. Double the attention to safety with people susceptible to the coronavirus:
    • People aged over 65
    • People with diabetes, cardiac, kidney or pulmonary problems
    • People who are particularly susceptible to infections

Vaccination against the coronavirus

When will you get a vaccine? How do you know it is your turn? Where will you get vaccinated?

Read more about vaccination.

Where is a mouth mask mandatory?

  • In places where it is impossible to keep 1.5 metres distance.
  • In some places wearing a mouth mask is mandatory.
  • From the age of 13 it is mandatory to always have a mouth mask with you in Leuven.

Services from the city

    • In need of assistance?
      The City will help your via the 'Leuven Helpt' platform.Inform us.
    • City office counters:
      • The counters are open. 
      • At city counters in other locations it is mandatory from the age of 13 wear a mouth mask.
    • Police offices: The offices at Philipssite and Grote Markt (appointment only) are open; all other police offices are closed.
    • Sports facilities
      • The city’s indoor sports complexes are closed, except for:
        • Primary schools doing sports with their pupils
        • Sports clubs organising sports activities for children up to 12 years of age. Changing rooms remain closed.
        • Professional sports and competitions, after approval.
      • The city’s outdoor sports facilities are closed, except for: 
        • Individual sporters, not having any contact with other sporters, in a group of maximum 4 persons (unless your household consists of more than 4 persons)
        • Sports clubs organising sports activities for children up to 12 years of age.
        • Professional sports and competitions, after approval.
      • Swimming pools are open; however, certain measures have to be observed.
    • Cultural centres
      30 CC/Schouwburg, 30CC/Minnepoort, 30CC/Wagehuys, Het Depot, STUK … are closed.
    • Libraries
      • You can come and pick up your books, CDs, DVDs at the library yourself. The seating area remains closed: reading and studying are not allowed in the library.
      • People with reduced mobility and high risk groups can request assistance by ‘Bib aan huis’ (the libraries’ home delivery service).
        Read more about the corona measures at the library (Dutch only).
    • The neighbourhood centers are open, but subject to certain conditions.
    • Museums
    • City Hall
    • City's rentable spaces
      It is not possible to rent the city's rentable spaces.

    Contact with others

    Close contacts

    You can have 1 close physical contact, in addition to your household members.

    • You are allowed to invite this one person to your home.
    • Singles living alone can have one extra close physical contact.
    • Never invite more than 1 person at a time.

    What is a close physical contact?

    • Less than 1.5 meters’ distance.
    • Without wearing a mouth mask.
    • Longer than 15 minutes.

    Other contacts

    With all other persons:

    • Always observe a 1.5 meters’ safety distance.
    • Only meet in the open air.
    Attention: Only groups of a maximum of 4 persons are allowed in public areas (unless your household consists of more persons).


    • Do not leave your home from midnight (0:00) to 5:00 in the morning, unless for medical reasons or work.
    • Drinking alcohol in public areas is prohibited after 22:00.

    Events and organised activities

    • All events and organised activities are cancelled.
    • Theatres, movie theatres and concert halls are closed.
    • Cultural centres are closed.
      • All cultural activities are cancelled.
    • Youth movements
      • Activities for children up to 12 years are allowed with a maximum of 50 persons, preferably in the open air.
      • All activities (indoor and outdoor) for youth 13 years and up are prohibited.
      • Supervisors must wear mouth masks.
      • Overnight activities are not allowed.
    • Weddings, funerals and worship services
      • Are allowed with a maximum of 15 persons.
      • Wearing a mouth mask and observing the 1.5 meters’ safety distance are compulsory.
      • It is not allowed to offer meals and/or beverages.
      • Places of worship are open
    • Party- and reception halls, discos and dancings, indoor playgrounds, bowling halls, betting shops … are closed.
    • Guided tours are not allowed.
    • Door-to-door activities are not allowed (e.g. sales, Jehovah’s Witnesses ...). Home deliveries are allowed.



    • Sports activities are not allowed, except for:
      • Primary schools organising sports activities fort heir pupils.
      • Clubs and organisations organising activities exclusively for children up to 12 years old.
        Changing rooms and canteens will remain closed.
    • Swimming pools are open:
      • For individual swimmers after making a reservation.
      • For clubs and schools: only for swimmers up to 12 years old.
      • Recreational zones remain closed.
      • Dressing rooms and showers are available; however, a circulation plan must be observed and showering is limited in time.


    Sports activities in the open air are only allowed for:

    • Individual sporters (non-organised):
      • With a maximum of 4 persons (unless your household consists of more than 4 persons)
      • Physical contact is not allowed (unless with members of your household or your close contact)
    • Clubs and organisations organising activities exclusively for children up to 12 years old.

    Shopping, bars, restaurants and companies


    How crowded are Leuven’s shopping streets at the moment?

    Check the status of Leuven’s shopping streets before you leave home.

    In the stores

    • You must shop alone. Except for a parent with kids or people that need accompaniment.
    • You can stay in a shop for maximum 30 minutes.
    • A mouth mask is mandatory for everyone from the age of 13. Where is a mouth mask mandatory in Leuven?
    • The number of visitors is limited per shop. It's possible that you have to wait outside. Always keep your distance when waiting in a queue.
    • It is not allowed to sell alcohol after 20:00.

    In the city’s shopping streets

    • Walk on the right-hand side of the street and follow the white arrows applied on the street.
    • Bondgenotenlaan becomes a traffic free zone on Saturdays and Sundays. Pedestrians can use its full width.
    • The pedestrian zone of the Mechelsestraat is unidirectional
      when it is busy. You can only enter the street via Layens square and must continue in the indicated direction, via Vismarkt and Wandelingenstraat. Cyclists must continue on foot.
    • In Parijsstraat and Pensstraat and in the pedestrian zone of Brusselsestraat cyclists must continue on foot.
    • City employees will assist visitors of shopping streets in observing the safety measures.
    • It is not allowed to stall your bicycle or moped in shopping streets.

    Bars and restaurants

    • Bars and restaurants are closed.
    • Take-away restaurants can remain open until 22:00. It is not allowed to eat or drink on site. 
    • Selling alcohol is prohibited:
      • After 20:00
      • When not accompanying a meal
    • Cafeterias, canteens and lobbies of cultural and sports organisations are closed as well. 


    • Are open.
    • Food and beverages must be offered as a room service.
    • Selling alcohol after 20:00 is prohibited.


    • Weekly markets are allowed to take place:
      • Only for market stalls selling essential products.
      • Maximum time span for visitors/customers is 30 minutes.
      • Only individual visitors are allowed.
      • It is not allowed to eat or drink on site.
      • Mouth masks are mandatory for everyone from the age of 13.
      • Follow the arrows on the ground (one-way traffic) and keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others.
    • The Saturday market temporarily moves to Ladeuze square.
    • Christmas markets, winter markets and flea markets are not allowed.


    Hairdressers, beauticians, saunas, wellness centres and all other non-medical contact professions remain closed.


    • Working from home is mandatory.
    • If this is not possible, all safety measures must be observed.


    2nd and 3rd degree of secondary education in Leuven:

    • Part-time homebased distance learning (until the February holiday).
      • Exceptions: part-time education, dual learning and education of specific target groups (e.g. OKAN classes for non-Dutch speaking pupils).

    Higher education

    All students adopt homebased distance learning.

    Mouth masks in schools

    • Pupils from secondary education onward must wear mouth masks.
    • Teachers must wear mouth masks, except in:
      • Pre-primary education
      • Primary education, if teacher remains in front of class, observing the safety distance from their pupils.
    • Parents must wear a mouth mask when dropping off and picking up their children and when entering the school.
    • Face shields can be used, but must be combined with wearing a mouth mask.


    Public transport

    • Mouth masks are compulsory for all travellers (13 year old and older). They must wear their mouth mask from the moment they enter a station or bus stop.
    • Only use public transport if it is really necessary. Follow the directions (such as 1.5 meters distance between people ...)
    • The free shuttle buses at 'Parking Wetenschapspark Arenberg' does not run.


    • 1.5 meters distance between people, except for family members living together.
    • Mouth masks are mandatory.

    Borrowing a stroller for children

    • You can't borrow a stroller at Tweebronnen. The 'buggypoint' is closed. 

    Student rooms

    You are allowed to reside in your student room. Inform yourself on your  landlord’s instructions concerning the coronavirus measures. These may be stricter than the measures below:

    Mouth masks and safety distance

    Wear a mouth mask in your residence unless you are alone in your room or when eating. Observe the safety distance of 1.5 meters at all time.

    Shared kitchens

    • Maximum 50% of residents are allowed in the kitchen at the same time.
    • Limit contact with co-residents as much as possible when cooking.

    Close contact visiting

    • One close contact per person is allowed, but must remain in your private room.
    • This person must wear a mouth mask when arriving or leaving.

    Shared gardens

    • In the open air you are allowed to be in a group of maximum 4 persons from 8:00 am to 22:00 pm. The 1.5 meters safety distance must be observed.
    • The University of Leuven allows only residents in its shared gardens.

    Student activities

    Only online activities are allowed.

    Coronalert app

    Download Coronalert, a free app to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

    The app:

    • Warns you if you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This happens anonymously. So you will not know with who, when or where the close contact took place.
    • Informs you on what to do to protect yourself and others.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, the app alerts other users with whom you have been in close contact. This also happens anonymously.

    Testing and quarantine

    What should you do if you have symptoms of COVID-19? Or if you had a close contact with an infected person? Or if you are returning from a red zone?

    Read more on testing and quarantine


    Questions about the measures the city takes

    General questions about the coronavirus in Belgium

    The federal government shares official, verified and up-to-date information:

    Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
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