Good news for members of the youth movement or playgrounds, because the federal consultation committee has decided after consultation with experts that summer camps and playgrounds can continue this summer. From May 27, the open-air neighborhood playgrounds will also be accessible again to children up to the age of 12.
For a long time it was uncertain whether youth camps could continue this summer. Particularly for members of youth movements, it was therefore a fear of whether they could go to camp this year. But now it has been decided that the youth camps can continue. Although this will have to be done under certain conditions.
Maximum 50 people
Summer camps or playground activities, with or without an overnight stay, may continue from 1 July. In addition, the so-called contact bubble may not exceed 50. Young people and counselors older than 12 years must also try as much as possible to respect the social distance of one and a half meters.
In addition to summer camps and playgrounds, the youth houses are also allowed to restart their activities. But here too the rule of maximum 50 people applies and for those older than 12 years, the social distance must be taken into account.
From next week, May 27 to be precise, the outdoor playgrounds will open again. These were closed at the beginning of the measures against the spread of the coronavirus, but from next week onwards children under 12 can return to play.
These are, for the time being, the only adaptations of the second phase of the relaxation of coronavirus measures. The National Security Council will meet again on Wednesday 3 June. Then the measures of the third phase of the relaxation will be discussed. That third phase will start on Monday 8 June.
After consultation between the various educational umbrella organizations, unions and Flemish Minister of Education Ben Weyts (N-VA), it has also been decided that the schools can be restarted from 2 June. It concerns a complete restart in nursery education. Toddlers don’t have to adhere to social distancing either. Research shows that the restart of education in children under 12 has little impact on the epidemic.
So also in primary education all students can take lessons again. Although this will not be about full-time education. Until the end of the school year, all school years must have at least half of the teaching time, with a maximum of four days a week. Schools are themselves free to fill this in further. In schools with sufficient space, classes may have up to 20 students.
Secondary and second and fourth years can also start in secondary education. There too it will be part-time education, in which students go to school for a maximum of two full days or four half days.