Belgium’s looming meeting of the Consultative Committee on Friday is expected to lead to no changes to current measures, according to a federal government source quoted in national media.
So ultimately things are expected not to change – unless, of course, anything being called for is put into action – in which case they will indeed have changed. Wait. What?
This is the inherent issue with such a large meeting (and the attached press conference after) – it’s almost impossible to know what’s coming ahead of time. All we can say, for now, is what is possibly going to be discussed. Namely:
How to motivate the population.
Calls to set up a perimeter – with people only allowed to move within a certain radius around their home – as called for by Geert Molenberghs.
Another topic could 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.
Ultimately, however, we don’t know what will happen – but once we do, we’ll make sure you do too.
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