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Go-to sources for COVID-19 information in Flanders

If the COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing clear, it’s that sharing information quickly and clearly can be a true lifesaver. This is also true in the world of business and foreign investment, where strategic and financial decisions need to be backed by factual insights. Is your company buzzing with ambition to invest in its international future despite these uncertain times? Here are the main sources of COVID-19 information for Flanders, Belgium’s northern region.  

Coronavirus

Epidemiological dashboards

Overall, the epidemiological situation in Belgium and Flanders is monitored by Sciensano, a public research institution with over 700 staff members. From March until May 2020, when the pandemic was raging at its peak, Sciensano shared up-to-date figures on COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and more during a press conference every single day.  

Now that coronavirus measures are being gradually relaxed, these press conferences are no longer organized daily. However, Sciensano continues to follow up on the situation and remains the most vital source of real-time figures on the state of the epidemic. Be sure to check its COVID-19 dashboards regularly, as they are updated nonstop.  

Traveling to Flanders

One of the most visible entrepreneurial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic was the temporary halt to most business trips. Want to go places again with your ambitious plans? Check out the most recent travel advice of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs as well as its practical information on traveling to Belgium and Flanders.  

In addition, the passenger information shared by Brussels Airport – the largest international airport in the region – is a must-read, too.  

Coronaproofing your workplace

Like in many other places in the world, teleworking has become the norm as much as possible in Flanders. For employees that can’t work from home, company environments need to be coronaproof. From preventing the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other precautionary measures to managing risks during meetings and events: the World Health Organization (WHO) has shared a set of practical guidelines to help you get your workplace ready in the face of COVID-19. After all, prevention is better than cure!  

Business support measures

In addition to the health and social impacts, the economic repercussions of the coronavirus are drastic as well. To limit the effects on both companies and the economically unemployed, Flanders and Belgium announced a series of COVID-19 business support measures, which we summarized in an overview article.  

In addition, through Flanders, companies can obtain access to European coronavirus response measurescustoms emergency support and more.

How can we help?  

For more information on the latest coronavirus-related support measures or how to make your foreign investment a success in these challenging times, reach out to the Invest team at Flanders Investment & Trade via invest@fitagency.be.  

Reported by
Websites Diplomatie Belgium, SPF Foreign Affairs, Brussels Airport, European Commission, WHO, Sciensano
8 July 2020

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