More than a year of the pandemic is now behind us – a year that’s left its mark. It’s therefore all the more wonderful that we can now meet and be together again, even if caution is still called for. That’s why we want to help you celebrate the national holiday in Luxembourg, while still respecting all the restrictions currently in place.
Eve of the festivities
The 'Virowend' (eve of the festivities) is undoubtedly the first traditional highlight of the celebrations. Due to the pandemic, the traditional celebrations on 22 June, such as the torchlight procession and the fireworks, were cancelled. However, many activities in public spaces are allowed again, which will certainly attract many to the cities to celebrate a bit.
COVID-19: What is permitted in public areas?
The curfew was done away with on 13 June, and the consumption of alcohol in public is also allowed again.
Things have been considerably eased in the restaurant sector . A pub can choose one of these two models:
- Without the CovidCheck , a maximum of 10 people are allowed to sit together at a table on an outdoor terrace, or four people per table indoors. In both cases, the persons concerned do not have to show a negative test . Those sitting at the table can remove their masks.
- With the CovidCheck , these measures are no longer necessary, provided that customers and staff can show that they have been vaccinated or have recovered, or that they have tested negative. Certified rapid tests are valid for 48 hours, PCR tests for 72 hours. If you belong to these groups, you will receive a QR code that can be scanned with the CovidCheck.lu app (see below). Alternatively, you can do a self-test on-site.
At public events with between 11 and 50 people, a distance of two metres applies and masks are compulsory. Between 51 and 300 people , seating is also compulsory. With the CovidCheck , the distance, mask and seating requirements do not apply – but here, as in the restaurant sector, staff and guests must be able to present a valid QR code. However, these conditions only apply to public events – a maximum of 10 guests are allowed at private parties (see below).
CovidCheck certificates have been issued in Luxembourg since 13 June. This is issued to people who:
- are fully vaccinated;
- have tested negative;
- or have recovered.
You must carry the certificate in digital form (e.g. as a Pdf), or in paper form. The Luxembourg government provides the CovidCheck.lu mobile app to check the authenticity and validity of certificates in accordance with the rules in force in Luxembourg. This is done by scanning the QR code on the certificate.
You can find more information on the certificates at www.covidcheck.lu.
23 June is a public holiday in Luxembourg for the public celebrations of the birthday of HRH Grand Duke Henri. Normally, this day is dedicated to official celebrations and ceremonies . However, due to the regulations in force in connection with the pandemic, many events have been cancelled or reduced to a minimum.
Nevertheless, there will be one small ceremonial act. On 23 June, there will be a ceremony at the National Monument of Solidarity, with speeches by Grand Duke Henri, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Fernand Etgen and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, and a minute’s silence. This will be followed by the traditional 21 gun salute in honour of Grand Duke Henri.
In the city of Luxembourg, more precisely in the picturesque park of Mansfeld Castle in the Clausen district, a series of free concerts entitled 'Klangbuer, the Mansfeld Sessions' will take place on 23 June from 11 am. 150 people are admitted for this. If you want to spend a few exuberant hours, book your ticket online.
Is cooking your great passion? Then take part in the competition 'Ee Gudden ... Nationalfeierdag' Cook the Luxembourg City menu, send in a photo and with a bit of luck you could win!
COVID-19: What is allowed in private settings?
If you want to celebrate at home, you can invite up to 10 people to your home in Luxembourg. A barbecue in the close circle of the family or with a few friends can therefore be organised.
However when celebrating, remember to observe the regulations in force, and stay healthy!