Coronavirus / COVID-19 update
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public buildings and in the busiest area and shopping streets of the city (24h/24) (station surroundings: from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.). There is a curfew between midnight and 5AM.
All tourist accommodations (hotels, guest rooms, holiday rentals, campsites, campervan sites) may remain open. Common sanitary facilities (e.g. common bathroom in a guest room or sanitary blocks on a campsite) may be used. Other common facilities (restaurants, drinking establishments, fitness centres and sports halls) are closed. Breakfast and other meals can only be offered as room service. The maximum number of people per hotel or guest room, holiday home or other individual rental unit is limited to the family members and one close contact of the family.
Shopping is possible under the following conditions:
Non-essential shops can only be visited by appointment with a maximum of two people from the same household.
Essential shops, such as food shops, supermarkets and pharmacies, can be visited without an appointment. You should shop alone, unless you need help or supervision. Underage children may be supervised by a single adult. You may spend a maximum of 30 minutes in the shop, unless you have an appointment.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all shops and in the busiest area and shopping streets of the city (see plan for more details). At the beginning of the most important shopping streets you will have the possibility to disinfect your hands and buy a face mask.
- Restaurants and cafés are closed. Some restaurants offer (until 10 PM) meal delivery and take-away meals. You can find an overview here.
- The following museums and tourist attractions are open: Adornes, Arentshuis, Belfry Tower, Concertgebouw Circuit, City Hall, Cozmix, Frietmuseum, Gezellehuis, Groeningemuseum, Gruuthusemuseum, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Liberty of Bruges, Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí, O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Church of Our Lady), Our Lady of the Pottery, Saint John’s Hospital, Seafront, St-Janshuismolen, Torture museum (foltermuseum) and Volkskundemuseum. Opening periods and times may deviate from what is customary. We therefore advise you to consult the website of the (tourist) service provider before your departure, and to contact them in case of doubt. To ensure a safe visit, specific regulations apply and the number of visitors is limited. Wearing a face mask is obligatory. Booking in advance guarantees your visit.
- The horse-drawn carriages, horsetram, bicycle carriages and sightseeing minivans don’t make tours. The tourist boats don’t make tours neither.
- Guided tours are permitted subject to restrictions. Find out more about the measures in place here.
- Theatres and cinemas in Bruges are closed.
- The taxis run without a limit on the number of passengers. Wearing a face mask is mandatory for both customer and driver.
- Public transport runs at normal frequency and with normal capacity. On trains, busses, trams and in the stations it is compulsory to wear a face mask.
- Public toilets are open at the Burg (Brugse Vrije) (9:30 – 17:30), Stadshallen (10:00 – 18:00), Simon Stevinsquare (Sat-Sun: 11:00 - 18:00), Gruuthusemuseum (9:30 – 18:30), 't Zand (9:30 – 18:00, as from 7 PM only accessible with your parking ticket), Biekorf (24/7), Minnewaterpark (14:30 – 18:30) and in Zeebrugge (10:00 - 19:00).
- The tourist information offices Tourist office ’t Zand (Concert Hall), Tourist office Markt (Historium) and Tourist office Zeebrugge (Bathing building) are open. The other tourist information offices are closed. Visit Bruges can be reached by telephone (7/7 from 10h-17h) +32(0)50/44.46.46 and by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Events: No more events may take place since 29 October 2020.
The city communicates updates on a regular basis at https://www.visitbruges.be/en.