Corona Virus/COVID-19


Update: 15 March

Meeting in larger groups!

Dear members,

Since almost all of our events and playgroups involve little children and/or pregnant members, the BCT aims to protect our member families as best as we can. We would therefore like to point out that the Belgian government recommends mask-wearing indoors, where no safe distancing can be maintained. So, if a member in your events/playgroups chooses to wear a mask and prefers to maintain social distancing, please be considerate and respect their wishes. We also ask that the Clubhouse remains well ventilated.

To make sure our members enjoy their time at the Clubhouse, we have decided on the following

Playgroups in your home:
If you are hosting a playgroup in your home – YOU can decide on the number of people who can participate.


At the Clubhouse:

  • If a member in your events/playgroups asks that masks be worn please be considerate and respect their wishes.
  • Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door).

Playgroups (baby, toddler, interest, support, local groups) – spots are limited to 20 adults + 20 children (Please note that the number of pram parking places inside the Clubhouse is limited to 8)

Adult-only group meetings (Interest/Support/Local groups, Member courses/Workshops/ Talks) – spots are limited to 20 adults 


Parties (including private birthday parties, baby showers and BCT seasonal parties) and BCT Events at the Clubhouse: limited to 20 adults and 20 children per event.

Can we also take this opportunity to remind all members to follow the standard rules:

  • Only attend if you are feeling well.
  • Please remember your BCT membership card. (Or take a photo of it on your telephone).
  • Please only come to the Clubhouse if you have registered for a group. If you do not register and just turn up you may sadly not be able to attend if we have reached our maximum capacity and we would not want you and your child to be disappointed.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser located at the entrance.
  • Please bring your own face mask incase it is needed
  • Please follow our house rules of removing your shoes at the entrance.
  • New: Please inform president@bctbelgium.org if a member shows symptoms of Covid after a BCT playdate or event that they attended. The host or event organiser needs to ensure that they have the names of all attendees. 

We look forward to welcoming you at a BCT playgroup, Member course or event very soon! 
Take care,
The Executive Board of Directors of the BCT



Update: 8 March

No more CST at the Clubhouse!

Dear members,

Further to the Federal government announcements[1] by The Consultation Committee on 7th March we aim to adhere to their rules.

As per government guidelines, the BCT policy will no longer require the showing of a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) to access the Clubhouse.

However the government also indicate where no safe distancing can be maintained,  mask-wearing is still recommended indoors.

Since almost all of our events and playgroups involve little children and/or pregnant members the BCT aims to protect our member families as best as we can. It is therefore a matter of personal preference if people wish to continue wearing masks.

If a member in your events/playgroups chooses to wear a mask and prefers to maintain social distancing, please be considerate and respect their wishes. We also ask that the Clubhouse remains well ventilated.

Playgroups in your home:
If you are hosting a playgroup in your home – YOU can decide on the number of people who can participate.

  • As a ‘host‘ in your own home you can decide to ask for your guests to wear masks and/or respect social distancing. We recommend keeping your home well ventilated.


Inside the Clubhouse:

Playgroups (baby, toddler, interest, support, local groups) – spots are limited to 10 adults + children under 12 years (limited due to the number of pram parking places inside the Clubhouse)

  • If a member in your events/playgroups asks that masks be worn please be considerate and respect their wishes. 
  • Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door).

Adult-only group meetings (Interest/Support/Local groups, Member courses/Workshops/ Talks) – spots are limited to 15 adults

  • If a member in your events/playgroups asks that masks be worn please be considerate and respect their wishes. 
  • Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door).


Parties (including private birthday parties, baby showers and BCT seasonal parties) and BCT Events at the Clubhouse:


In accordance with the current COVID-19 regulations, the number permitted within the BCT Clubhouse is 10 adults and 15 children per event.

  • If a member in your events/playgroups asks that masks be worn please be considerate and respect their wishes.
  • Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door).

(These guidelines will be continually reviewed and adapted in accordance with government advice. Any adaptations to this, as a result of changing Covid-19 regulations, must be agreed in writing between BCT and the BCT Member.)

BCT CLUBHOUSE GARDEN

Masks are no longer required in the garden.

Can we also take this opportunity to remind all members to follow the standard rules:

  • Only attend if you are feeling well.
  • Please remember your BCT membership card. (Or take a photo of it on your telephone).
  • Please only come to the Clubhouse if you have registered for a group. If you do not register and just turn up you may sadly not be able to attend if we have reached our maximum capacity and we would not want you and your child to be disappointed.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser located at the entrance.
  • Please bring your own face mask incase it is needed
  • Please follow our house rules of removing your shoes at the entrance.
  • New: Please inform president@bctbelgium.org if a member shows symptoms of Covid after a BCT playdate or event that they attended. The host or event organiser needs to ensure that they have the names of all attendees. 


We look forward to welcoming you at a BCT playgroup, Member course or event very soon! 
Take care,
The Executive Board of Directors of the BCT

[1]                                  We will also adhere to Federal government and Brussels-capital region guidelines.



Update: 1 March 2022

Clubhouse open with CST and masks, the garden without masks

READ THE FULL STATEMENT.

Since almost all of our events and playgroups involve little children and/or pregnant members we aim to protect our member families as best as we can. Masks will remain compulsory and BCT policy is to continue to use the Covid Safe Ticket (CST)

Please refer to the full statement for more information, including instructions on how to show your CST as a member attending an event and instructions on how to check the CST of members if you are hosting an event. 

The most important changes (marked red in the full statement): 

  • Spaces for attendance are limited:
    • Playgroups (Baby, Toddler, Interest, Support, Local) – spots are limited to 10 adults + children under 12 years.
    • Adult-only meetings (Interest/Support/Local group meetings, Member courses/Workshops/Talks) – spots are limited to 15 adults.
    • Parties (dynamic parties included) In accordance with the current COVID-19 regulations, the number permitted within the BCT Clubhouse is 10 adults and 15 children.
  • New: Adults and Children aged 12 and above must wear a mask indoors (no mask is needed in the garden).
  • If you do not have a CST or any valid proof of vaccination, we are sorry but you will not be permitted to attend our groups and events at the Clubhouse.


Update: 14 February 2021

The Clubhouse is open! With CST and masks.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT.

As the Federal government moves the country to Code Orange, we will be opening the Clubhouse again for playgroups.

Since almost all of our events and playgroups involve little children and/or pregnant members we aim to protect our member families as best as we can. Masks will remain compulsory and BCT policy is to continue to use the Covid Safe Ticket (CST)

Please refer to the full statement for more information, including instructions on how to show your CST as a member attending an event and instructions on how to check the CST of members if you are hosting an event. 

The most important changes (marked red in the full statement): 

  • Spaces for attendance are limited:
    • Baby & Toddler Playgroups – spots are limited to 5 adults + children under 12 years until 18 February, after which 10 adults will be allowed.
    • Interest/Support/Local group meetings, Member courses/Workshops/Talks – spots are limited to 10 adults + children under 12 years UNTIL 18 FEBRUARY, after which they will be limited to 15 adults + children under 12.
    • In accordance with the current COVID-19 regulations, the number permitted within the BCT Clubhouse is 10 adults and 10 children per NON-DYNAMIC party UNTIL 18 FEBRUARY, after which the number permitted inside will be 10 adults and 15 children per event (dynamic parties included).
  • New: Children aged 6 and above must also wear a mask until 18 February.
  • If you do not have a CST or any valid proof of vaccination, we are sorry but you will not be permitted to attend our groups and events at the Clubhouse.


Update: 3 December 2021

All in-person meetings suspended

With the new safety measures brought in by the government today that aim at avoiding as much as possible mixing in indoor areas, we will be closing the Clubhouse for all our regular playgroups. We are naturally very disappointed about this but the safety of our members is our top priority.

The BCT Board has decided to open up the Clubhouse once again to BCT member families for ‘Family-time in your second living room’ slots. BCT Members can now book the Clubhouse house for a morning (9am – 12noon), afternoon (1 – 3pm) or evening (4-6pm) slot and still enjoy all its wonderful facilities with their own family bubble.

Please note that parties are strictly forbidden at the Clubhouse during this time.

Families are expected to clean surfaces and the bathroom with the provided disinfectant sprays at the end of their session, so it is ready for the next family to enjoy, and air the space as much as possible.



Update: 17 November 2021

Covid Safe Ticket AND masks required in the BCT Clubhouse and its garden

Read the full statement.

Further to the Federal government announcements by The Consultation Committee today, we aim to adhere to their rules. 

Since almost all of our events and playgroups involve little children and/or pregnant members we aim to protect our member families as best as we can.

As per government guidelines, the BCT policy will be to use the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) and compulsory mask wearing (“Covid Safe Ticket +”)

Please refer to the full statement for more information, including instructions on how to show your CST as a member attending an event and instructions on how to check the CST of members if you are hosting an event.

The most important changes:

  • Members must show their Covid Safe Ticket (CST) upon entry
  • New: Masks must be worn inside and outside in the Clubhousegarden
  • New: Children aged 10 and above must also wear a mask
  • If you do not have a CST or any valid proof of vaccination, we are sorry but you will not be permitted to attend our groups and events at the Clubhouse.


Update: 14 October 2021

Introducing Covid Safe Ticket to all BCT events and activities

Download statement as PDF.

Dear Members

Since almost all of our events and playgroups involve little children and/or pregnant members, we prefer to be cautious with our rules rather than interpreting them loosely, to protect our member families as best as we can.
As per government guidelines, since the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) has been implemented, the BCT policy will be to use the Covid Safe Ticket
**Please be prepared to show your CST to the host of the event you are attending**

We will also adhere to national and government and Brussels-capital region guidelines.

Playgroups in your home:
If you are hosting a playgroup in your home – YOU can decide on the number of people who can participate.
– As a ‘host‘ in your own home you can decide to ask to see a Covid Safe Ticket (BCT recommended) and/or use masks and/or social distancing.
– For events in your home – please follow local rules and your own discretion.

Inside the Clubhouse:
Baby Playgroups – spots are limited to 15 adult members + their children under 12 years (limited due to the number of pram parking places inside the Clubhouse) 
– From 15 October: Members should show upon entry their Covid Safe Ticket 
Masks can be removed as all members are required to have a CST
– Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door). 
– If someone doesn’t have a CST, we are sorry but you will not be permitted to attend as per the government guidelines[1]   

Toddler Playgroups, Interest/Support/Local group meetings, Member courses/Workshops/Talks – spots are limited to 20 adult members + their children under 12 years  
– From 15 October: Members should show upon entry their Covid Safe Ticket 
Masks can be removed as all members are required to have a CST
– Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door). 
– If someone doesn’t have a CST, we are sorry but you will not be permitted to attend as per the government guidelines2

Parties (including private birthday parties, baby showers and BCT seasonal parties) and BCT Events at the Clubhouse:
In accordance with the current COVID-19 regulations, the number permitted within the BCT Clubhouse is 20 adult members + their children under 12 years for each BCT event or 20 adults + children under 12 years for private parties
– From 15 October: Members should show upon entry their Covid Safe Ticket 
Masks can be removed as all members are required to have a CST
– Please always ensure the venue is well ventilated (open the window and/or back door). 
– If someone doesn’t have a CST, we are sorry but you will not be permitted to attend as per the government guidelines2 

(These guidelines will be continually reviewed and adapted in accordance with government advice. Any adaptations to this, as a result of changing Covid-19 regulations, must be agreed in writing between BCT and the BCT Member.) 

BCT CLUBHOUSE GARDEN 
Once you are in the garden – masks are not required   

WHEN DO YOU GET A COVID SAFE TICKET?
You receive a valid Covid Safe Ticket when:
– You possess a vaccination certificate: you’ve been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. Receive a QR code on the Covidsafe.be app.
– You have a recovery certificate, valid for a maximum of 180 days after a positive test result
– You took a PCR-test and received a negative result (this result is valid for the day of testing + 48 hours)
– You took an antigen test (performed by medically-schooled personnel) and received a negative result (this result is valid for the day of testing + 24 hours)

How to check a Covid Safe Ticket?
Check that the person’s name is correct
View the paper certificate or view the CovidSafe app 

The CovidSafe app

Before you start, make sure your app is up to date!

Step 1 – open app

Step 2 – click on your vaccination certificate

Step 3: Scroll down all the way to the bottom to you see ‘Access to the event’ and click on it

Step 4: You will see access to event ‘Event access granted’

Can we also take this opportunity to remind all members to follow the standard rules:
1.    Only attend if you are feeling well.
2.    Please remember your BCT membership card. (Or take a photo of it on your telephone).
3.    Please only come to the Clubhouse if you have registered for a group. If you do not register and just turn up you may sadly not be able to attend if we have reached our maximum capacity and we would not want you and your child to be disappointed.
4.    Please use the hand sanitiser located at the entrance.
5.    Please follow our house rules of removing your shoes at the entrance.

We look forward to welcoming you at a BCT playgroup, Member course or event very soon!
Take care,
The Executive Board of Directors of the BCT


[1] As per government guidelines, the BCT can be fined up to EUR2000 if we are in breach of the rules. We would therefore be grateful if you would please respect this decision.


Update: 15 June 2021

BCT Clubhouse open again for playgroups and events!


We are excited to announce the BCT Clubhouse is reopening thanks to the new ‘Summer Ease’ regulations issued by the Belgian government.

We’re opening for the summer with a relaxed schedule of playdates, playgroups and meet-ups.
For those staying in Brussels this summer it’s a great time to meet other BCT members in the Clubhouse & garden!

Check out our ‘This week at the BCT‘ newsletters for the weekly schedule and be sure to sign up on SignUpGenius with your BCT number and expiration date if you want to join one of the activities.

Spots are limited to 8 adults + children under 12

We hope to see you soon!

Can we also take this opportunity to remind all members to follow the standard rules:

  • Only attend if you are feeling well. 
  • Please remember your BCT membership card. (Or take a photo of it on your telephone).
  • Please only come to the Clubhouse if you have registered for a group. If you do not register and just turn up you may sadly not be able to attend if we have reached our maximum capacity and we would hate you and your child to be disappointed.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer located at the entrance.
  • Please bring your own face mask in case you are unable to keep the 1,5m distance.
  • Please follow our house rules of removing your shoes at the entrance. 

Update: 1 November 2020

In view of the lockdown measures announced on Friday, we will stop al personal BCT activities until 13 December. We will then re-evaluate the situation in line with the measures announced by the Belgian government.

Until then, all BCT activities will take place online. Follow our Facebook page for announcements and join our Facebook group for online activities.

Stay home – stay safe!


Update: 17 October 2020

Dear members,

As you probably are already aware, following an increase in cases of COVID-19, the Belgian government announced yesterday new lock down restrictions.

The BCT Executive Board discussed the situation last night and unanimously agreed that we have an obligation to put a halt to ‘face-to-face’ activities in order to keep all our members safe.

Therefore, effective from Monday 19 October, all face-to-face activities will be cancelled or postponed for a 2 week period, at which time the situation will be reviewed.

While this decision was not taken lightly, as we know how much you all enjoy the playgroups and activities, we feel it is the correct decision to make sure no members are put at risk.

We are currently in discussion with groups organisers and hope to be able to inform you early next week about several additional online BCT activities so we can all still keep in regular contact.

Thank you for your understanding and sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@bctbelgium.org

We appreciate that these are difficult times for families in Belgium, but please remember you are never alone and the BCT is working hard to support all member families.

The Executive Board of Directors of the BCT


Update: 13 September 2020

Dear BCT members,

In September 2020, we’ve opened the doors to our new BCT Clubhouse.

Due to the current circumstances, the number of playgroup participants is limited. To join an event, you need to sign up online. In addition, our playgroups will have to follow certain rules to make sure that everyone stays safe.

We understand that it’s not always easy to follow all these rules but we want everyone to be safe, so they are necessary.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact, either with our information team at info@bctbelgium.org or with our groups coordinator at groups@bctbelgium.org.

Thank you for your help in making everyone stay as safe as possible!

The Board of Directors of the BCT


BCT COVID Prevention Measures


12 March 2020

As you are aware, the current situation with the CoronaVirus/COVID-19 is becoming more of a concern to everybody. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has now classified it as pandemic.

Many companies and the EU institutions have taken ‘social distancing’ measures, such as cancelling meetings and events, encouraging staff to work from home, avoiding public transport, etc. The Belgian authorities are advising not to hold large gatherings.

This is a fast changing situation and is likely to evolve rapidly over the coming days and weeks. Due to these circumstances, the BCT Board has agreed to suspend BCT gatherings and social events for the next 2 weeks. The situation would then be reviewed at that time.

This decision is not taken lightly, but it is the BCT’s priority to safeguard and respect the health and wellbeing of its members and of the community.

We ask that you please use your BCT online connections and remain connected, through our Facebook groups and WhatsApp groups, during this period. We are very much here for our members and will do what we can to help. You can also use these resources to share ideas on how to keep your kids entertained. If something works for you, why not share it with other parents who are also looking for ways to keep their kids busy?

We will re-assess the situation in the coming weeks dependent on the official advice.

Thank you for your understanding and sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@bctbelgium.org.

The Board of Directors of the BCT