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Belgium leaves for a week of “break”

The Belgian Prime Minister intends to remain on the health measures introduced for seven more days. The only concession concerns the opening of so-called contact professions such as tattoo artists, masseurs and other beauty institutes.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The Belgian Prime Minister intends to remain on the health measures introduced for seven more days. The only concession concerns the opening of so-called contact professions such as tattoo artists, masseurs and other beauty institutes.

“You shouldn’t make a decision in the middle of a storm.” This is the course that the Belgian Prime Minister decided to follow at the end of a stormy week. Alexander De Croo having to do with covid figures returning to high tide, and public opinion calling for more largesse in measures to limit the spread of the virus. In the end, the head of government will therefore have decided not to relax anything. With this clear comment: “It would be reckless and irresponsible.”

On Friday, shortly after 4 p.m., Alexander De Croo therefore informed of the work of yet another consultation committee. Yes, the chief executive is hoping “next week to be able to take more sustainable measures for all of us”, but the time has not yet come. Thus, status quo on the restriction of non-essential travel which remains in effect.

The curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is still valid in Brussels. It is just slightly lightened, going from midnight to 5 a.m. in the German-speaking community as well as in Wallonia (until then subject to bans on exits from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

However, from March 1, contact trades (other than hairdressers and barbers already authorized) will be able to reopen their shops. These include beauty institutes, massage parlors, pedicures and manicures, as well as tattoo artists and piercing workshops.

A small consolation, no doubt, for millions of Belgians who expected ” better ”. But to use the words of the Flemish Minister-President, Jan Jambon: “We must hold on”.


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