The coronavirus outbreak and precautions associated hit the tourism and hospitality industries hard. With the closures of hotels, restaurants and cafes, it was estimated that the total revenue percentage loss of the hospitality sector in the Netherlands will amount to 33 percent. Flanders (Belgium) foresaw a revenue loss within the tourism industry to be more than one billion euros per month, of which 400 million euros will likely be recorded the Brussels-Capital Region. Indeed, the tourism and hospitality industries in the Benelux dealt with huge economic impacts. Therefore, many companies depended on their financial buffers and governmental support.
As of July 21, 2022, Belgium had around 90 percent of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While, the Netherlands and Luxembourg had managed to vaccinate 82 and 80 percent of their populations respectively. Across the whole Benelux region, around 63 million vaccine doses had been administered. Vaccines from five different manufacturers have been distributed and used in the region; Comirnaty/BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzevria (previously called Astra-Zeneca), Nuvaxovid, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.