Coronavirus: extension of restrictions until 15 January 2021 and introduction of a health protocol for certain commercial activities

16 Dec 2020


Eloïse Hullar

The Law of 15 December 2020[1] modifying, among other things, the modified law of 17 July 2020 on the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, was published in Mémorial A no. 992 of 15 December 2020, and came into force on 16 December 2020.

In particular, the Law provides:

- the extension of all the protective and restrictive measures provided by the modified law of 17 July 2020 (see in particular our Newsflash of 3 November 2020, and our Newsflash of 1 December 2020) up to and including 15 January 2021

- the obligation for any operator of a shopping centre with a shopping arcade to establish a health protocol no later than three working days after the Law comes into force. The health protocol must:

  • name a Covid-19 representative responsible for implementing the health protocol who will be the main point of contact in the event of an inspection;
  • specify the number of customers that can be inside the shopping centre at any one time, as well as the health measures imposed on clients and the visible publicising of this information at entrances;
  • establish a concept for managing and controlling the flow of people at the entrance, inside and at the exit of the shopping centre.

The health protocol must be submitted to the Health Department for the latter’s approval, by registered letter with delivery confirmation, no later than three working days after the Law comes into force.

Sanctions: if a shopping centre operator does not have a health protocol that has been accepted by the Health Department within the deadline stipulated by the Law, they will be liable to pay an administrative fine of up to 4,000 Euros. For repeated breaches, the maximum fine will be doubled.


[1] Law of 15 December 2020 modifying 1° the modified law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic; 2° the modified law of 1 August 2018 on the mandatory declaration of certain illnesses within the context of protecting public health.