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Egbert Lachaert (Open Vld) wants debate about the usefulness of curfew

Open Vld president Egbert Lachaert wants a debate with politicians and experts about the usefulness of the curfew in Belgium. He wonders whether the measures are still effective in combating the corona virus and not “disproportionate and unnecessary restriction of freedom”.

A curfew has been in force in Belgium since Monday 19 October 2020. Since then, nobody in Flanders is allowed to leave their home between midnight and 5 a.m. In Brussels and Wallonia this is even between 10 pm and 6 am.

Now that the corona figures in our country continue to fall and with the reopening of the hairdressers, the first cautious relaxation has been implemented, that curfew is also coming under increasing pressure. Moreover, the (stricter) curfew is also causing a lot of fuss among our northern neighbors.

“Efficient, necessary, proportional and temporary?”

According to Egbert Lachaert (Open Vld), these measures should not be extended without consideration in Belgium either. “Any freedom-restricting measure must be efficient, necessary, proportional and temporary. Politicians and experts must ask whether that is still the case today before curfew, ”he said on Twitter.

Conduct a debate

Lachaert thinks that the curfew did have its use when it was introduced, but doubts whether that is still the case. “The question is whether it is still an efficient measure in the fight against the virus and not a disproportionate and unnecessary restriction of freedom,” says the Open Vld chairman.

Lachaert is not arguing for an immediate abolition of the curfew, but wants a debate in parliament.

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