Coronavirus / COVID-19 update
Bruges is preparing itself for a gradual and progressive reduction of the Covid-19 measures. The city is closely following the directives of the National Security Council so as to ensure that people can move about safely in the city. Tourist visits are still not possible at the present time. Below you will find an update on the situation:
Shopping in Bruges is possible, but on your own and limited to 30 minutes. It is recommended to wear a face mask (but this is not required). Tourist outings while shopping remain prohibited.
To ensure that shopping can take place smoothly and safely, the city is taking extra measures in the most important shopping streets: Noordzandstraat, Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat and Zuidzandstraat. To avoid that pedestrians pass one another going in opposite directions, markings are being put on the street surfaces in order to guide visitors. The sidewalks are being set up as waiting areas for the customers of the stores. At the beginning of each street, visitors will be able to disinfect their hands and face masks can be purchased. Except for the Zuidzandstraat, the other streets are car-free on weekdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The police and community watch groups will ensure that the measures are complied with. Public toilets are opened on the Burg (Brugse Vrije), Stadshallen and ´t Zand.
The urban museums will reopen in phases.
From 18 May onwards, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) and Adornes estate will reopen and from 19 May onwards, also the Arentshuis, the Groeningemuseum (Groeninge Museum), the Gruuthusemu-seum (Gruuthuse Museum) (ground floor and first floor only) and the museum shop. From 2 June you can visit the Sint-Janshospitaal (St. John's Hospital) again and from 8 June you can also visit the Volkskundemuseum (Folklore Museum), the Stadhuis (Town Hall), Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges), Gezellehuis (Gezelle House) and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery). For the other museum locations, such as the Belfort (Belfry) and the Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill), the date of reopening has yet to be determined.
Important: to ensure a safe visit, specific regulations apply and the number of visitors per location is limited. Booking in advance guarantees your visit. Be sure to consult www.museabrugge.be/reservatie
Museums and places of interest that are not explicitly included in this overview remain closed.
In order to restrict the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the following precautionary measures will continue to apply until further notice:
- All tourist information offices are closed. Tourism Bruges remains accessible by telephone (7/7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) +32(0)50/44.46.46 and by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- All cafés and restaurants are closed. House delivery and drive-in pickups are allowed.
- The hotels may be open (apart from their restaurant, if they have one), but other tourist accommodations remain closed.
- The horse- and cycle-drawn coaches, horse-drawn trams and sightseeing buses are not operating. No small boats are circulating on the canals. Guided tours are prohibited.
- The cultural houses and cinemas in Bruges are closed.
- All large-scale events are cancelled through August 31st, and the status of events farther in the future is currently uncertain. Consult the list of cancelled events here.
- Taxis will continue to operate, although limited to only 1 person in the vehicle or 1 family (living under the same roof) and provided that hygiene measures are respected. Pedicabs may not operate.
The city communicates updates on a regular basis at https://www.brugge.be/coronavirus.