Coronavirus - Practical guide for using self-tests in a company setting - Easing of measures affecting company canteens

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Date:
18 May 2021

Newsflash

By:
Dorothée David

Coronavirus 

  • Practical guide for using self-tests in a company setting

In a press release issued on 11 May 2021, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy announced the distribution of 5.7 million rapid antigen tests to business from 17 May 2021.

The press release specifies the conditions for distributing the tests as well as what needs to be done in the event of a positive result from a rapid antigen test.

The Chamber of Commerce has also published a Practical guide for using self-tests in a company setting, aimed at companies in all sectors that want to offer self-tests and rapid tests to their public-facing employees.

This guide has been drawn up in close consultation with the authorities and brings together the general information currently available, in line with the provisions in force.

You can download the Guide for using self-tests in a company here.

For more information, you can also contact one of the following:

  • Easing of measures affecting company canteens

The Law of 14 May 2021 modifying the modified law of 17 July 2020 on the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic was published in Mémorial A no. 369 of 14 May 2021.

In particular, the Law stipulates that from 16 May 2021 until 12 June 2021 inclusive, company canteens can welcome members of the public both indoors and in outdoor areas under the following conditions:

  1. customers must be seated;
  2. each table can only hold a maximum of four people, unless they are from the same household or are cohabiting;
  3. tables that are side by side are at least 1.5 metres apart or, if less, will be separated by a barrier or something that provides physical separation to limit the risk of infection;
  4. customers must wear a mask when not sitting at the table;
  5. staff who come into direct contact with customers must wear a mask;
  6. apart from take-away, drive-through and home delivery services, table service is mandatory.

Customers are allowed inside and in outdoor areas between six o’clock in the morning and ten o’clock at night.

To eat and drink inside, any customer over the age of six must show:

  1. either a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out within the last seventy-two hours before entering the establishment in question, with a negative result;
  2. or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test carried out within the last twenty-four hours before entering the establishment in question, with a certified negative result in accordance with the conditions stipulated by the Law;
  3. a self-diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 test carried out on-site with a negative result.

 

If a client cannot or refuses to present a negative Covid-19 test, they must leave the establishment.

The consolidated version as of 16 May 2021 of the amended law of 17 July 2020 on measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic contains all the applicable measures for the period from 16 May 2021 to 12 June 2021 inclusive.