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Gradual easing of Belgian restrictions

If the consultation committee is still in progress, its members seem to have agreed on certain elements, in particular the opening of “non-essential” businesses and groupings. Travel is expected to be authorized again from Monday.

Marie DEDEBAN

Marie DEDEBAN

If the consultation committee is still in progress, its members seem to have agreed on certain elements, in particular the opening of “non-essential” businesses and groupings. Travel is expected to be authorized again from Monday.

The Belgian concertation committee (Codeco) drags on. According to several Belgian media, the representatives of the federal government, the Communities and the Regions are divided around the fate of the Belgian Horeca and a potential date for the reopening of the terraces.

While nothing is official yet, some other measures are becoming clearer. Thus, from April 26, “non-essential” stores but also so-called “contact” trades such as hairdressers and tattoo artists, should be able to reopen their doors after. The evening. From that date, outdoor gatherings will also be expanded to ten people, down from four at present, says RTL info.

On the other hand, non-essential travel will be authorized from April 19, in accordance with the rules in force in the surrounding area. For example, impossible to go to France without “compelling reason”, the country being confined until at least the beginning of May. According to RTL info, these trips would be subject to strict conditions such as quarantine and presentation of negative PCR tests.

Regarding education, a complete reopening is not possible, contrary to what was hoped for on March 24. According to L’Echo.be, only primary school students will be able to return to class full time. The wearing of the mask will be subject to the decision of each Community. Classes at the college will be divided between face-to-face and distance learning, as has been the case since November. Regarding higher education courses and exams, they can take place provided that only 20% of the students are present.

If the curfew will no longer be in effect from May 8, nothing has yet been mentioned regarding cultural and sporting events. A next Codeco, “special summer” could be held in a fortnight to decide, according to RTL info.


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