Capacity in indoor and sports activities venues, the place masks are already obligatory, was limited to 50 per cent. A health cross is already required for entry to leisure venues. The Belgian government additionally urged folks to get examined ahead of the holidays. Infections have been reducing lately but the new Omicron variant already represented 27% of new cases within the nation on December 19. Under the short-lived restrictions that took impact Sunday, indoor venues had been ordered to close their doorways. The order came regardless of the assessment of the scientific committee advising the federal government that going to such locations poses no further risk to public health.