Some new rules, however, are still an option. Last week, biostatistician Geert Molenberghs proposed setting up a perimeter. In that case, people would only be allowed to move within a certain radius around their home.
Another topic will be the recent reopening of non-essential shops. As stores in the Netherlands and Germany have closed, some border municipalities are fearing a great influx of people.
Earlier this week, virologist Marc Van Ranst – who is part of the latest expert group advising the government about the measures – said that he hoped for “wisdom and courage” on Friday.
“The figures have to go down, but the current measures are already very strict,” the cabinet of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told Het Laatste Nieuws. “Certainly in terms of the number of contacts, Belgium is a lot stricter than its neighbouring countries.”
Any relaxations – such as the size of people’s social bubbles and the possible opening of hairdressers was a topic on the agenda before Christmas that some politicians were asking for – are not on the agenda.