Belgium, a country with around 11.5 million inhabitants, has reported 184,565 suspected violations of coronavirus regulations since the restrictions came into force, according to official figures.
Between March 2020 and February 14, 2021, nearly 97,000 local people were fined and more than half of them were actually paid, according to the College of Attorney Generals.
Covid-related fines in Belgium range from $ 300 to $ 5,000:
- Residents who break quarantine or violate the ban on small gatherings – $ 300
- Returning travelers who don’t get a Covid-19 test – $ 300
- Companies violated Covid-19 restrictions – $ 900
- Large gathering or party attendees – $ 900 (organizers pay around $ 5,000)
At the beginning of February, police in the neighboring Netherlands announced that they had imposed between 7,000 and 12,000 fines per week, since a nationwide curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. went into effect at the end of January.
Breaching this curfew, which is designed to reduce social interaction and thus the spread of the coronavirus, costs around $ 114.
On Tuesday, a Dutch court ruled that the government must lift the curfew “immediately” and upheld a claim by the viruswaarheid.nl foundation, which means “virus truth”.