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These are the new COVID measures effective from today

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During the past weekend, indoor events could still be organised for a seated audience of no more than 4,000 attendees; however, from Monday, this maximum number has been reduced to 200 people (excluding employees and organisers).

The rules for outdoor public events do not change but events organised in tents are also seen as indoor activities, except when at least two sides are open.

Additionally, all attendees must be seated, wear a face mask, and for events with 50 or more people a valid Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is required.

Starting on Saturday, the face mask obligation was extended to children starting from the age of six in all places where wearing a face mask was compulsory, including on public transport and in shops.

From Monday, this also means that face masks in the classroom will become mandatory from the first grade of primary school until the Christmas holidays, which have also been brought forward by a week.

The education partners decided on Friday that the latest start date for the new measures would be Wednesday 8 December, allowing a two-day window for schools to implement the measures. As of Wednesday, pupils not wearing face masks in Catholic schools will not be allowed in.

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