Walloon allowance, town planning, back to school: what will change on June 1

The economy and town planning are affected by these new measures.

The Walloon indemnity of 2,500 euros may be claimed

From June 1, freelancers and businesses in Wallonia whose economic activity was significantly slowed down during the pandemic will be able to submit a request in order to obtain compensation of 2,500 euros. This single, flat-rate compensatory allowance, decided by the Walloon government, will be granted subject to acceptance of the application.

The company requesting the aid must have its operating headquarters in Wallonia and have put the majority of its staff temporarily unemployed due to force majeure. A subsequent verification will also be carried out by the administration.

The independent applicant must have benefited from full gateway rights in March and April (verification will be done with data from Inasti).

Requests can be submitted from June 1 on https://indemnitecovid.wallonie.be. In principle, payment decisions for eligible applications will be made within one week.

Town planning: resumption of public surveys in Brussels

Public inquiries will resume on June 1 in the Brussels-Capital Region, subject to compliance with the rules of distancing. The Secretary of State for Town Planning, Pascal Smet (one.brussels/sp.a), announced it to the municipalities following the gradual deconfinement authorized by the federal government. Procedures must be adapted in order to respect the rules of social distancing. The consultation of the file in the offices of the municipal administration, the technical explanations and the oral complaint can therefore only be done by appointment.

For the reception of the public, several hygiene measures must be respected: respect for social distancing between the citizen and the agent, permanent availability of a hand disinfection kit permanently in the room provided for consultation of the file, cleaning of the furniture present in the room after each passage and wearing of the compulsory mask.

Public inquiries that had not started on March 16 will be organized for the entire legal deadline. The public inquiries that were in progress on this date will be relaunched for the remainder of the deadline suspended on March 16. Municipalities which so wish may, if there are specific reasons so require, reorganize a public inquiry for the entire legal period.

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As provided by the CoBAT (Brussels Code of Regional Planning), for future public inquiries, at least half of the deadline must be outside of school holidays (from July 1 to August 31).

The concertation committees can also be organized again from June 1, again respecting social distancing.

Kindergartens back to school Tuesday

All kindergarten children will be able to find their teacher from Tuesday 2 June. For educational and social reasons, neither children nor their teachers should wear a mask. However, it will be recommended between adults (between teachers and between parents and teachers). Respect for safety distances (1.5 meters) will not be necessary in nursery classes.

Photographing a nuclear site punishable by law

From today, taking, publishing, exhibiting, selling or distributing photographs (satellite images and aerial photos) on which one can recognize Belgian nuclear sites or other sensitive sites on Belgian territory will be penalized except if the author of these photos has received express authorization from the Minister of the Interior. Such an offense will be punished with a prison sentence ranging from eight days to a year and a fine of 26 to 100 euros.

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