As many people are worrying about Belgium’s extended 1 April deadline for the non-essential travel ban coming very close to the Easter holidays, the European Commission has also expressed “a certain amount of concern.”
Even though Belgium’s Consultative Committee decided to extend its coronavirus measures on 5 February, the Commission was only officially informed that this also included the travel ban almost a week later.
Immediately after the announcement in January, European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said that the measure was relatively far-reaching, but not illegal and that the Commission “would like it not to be extended.”
As Belgium now decided to extend the ban after all, Reynders requested “additional clarifications on the scope and limitations” of the measure.
On Sunday, Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo opened up the possibility of the ban being lifted before April, saying that he “does not exclude the ban being lifted. But it could remain ‘strongly recommended’ not to go abroad.”
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The ban on non-essential travel, originally intended to expire on 1 March but extended for another month at the last meeting of the consultative committee, could be lifted before 1 April, Walloon minister-president Elio Di Rupo has said.
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