Curfew, SNCB, contact professions …: what is changing this March 1

Several major changes are to be counted this March 1st.

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VSMarch 1 is synonymous with changes, both in terms of measures to combat the coronavirus and in aspects external to the pandemic.

Curfew in Wallonia

From March 1, the Walloon curfew aligns with that of the federal government. The Walloon curfew therefore now extends from midnight to end at 5:00 a.m. He used to run from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. In Brussels, on the other hand, the start of the curfew is transmitted at 22:00.

Mcontact levels

The Consultation Committee which took place this Friday declared the opening of all the contact professions on March 1st.

Barbers, beauty salons, non-automated sunbeds, non-medical pedicures, manicures, tattoo parlors, body piercing and massage parlors can therefore, as planned, reopen from today.


SNCB is closing 44 of its 135 counters this Monday. They recorded less than 6% of transactions in 2019. For 37 other counters, opening hours are aligned with the busiest times of the day.

New energy labels are emerging

The classic energy label, which allows consumers to measure the energy performance of electrical devices, will be definitively changed on March 1 for refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and electronic screens.

No more “+++” and the new classification now extends from A to G in order to better target technical development as well as the energy performance of current devices. The color code from green to dark red is retained.

Introduced gradually from November, the new labels become the single point of reference from March 1. Merchants have until March 18 to tag these categories in their physical and online stores.

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