It might be a week off of school for the kids of Belgium, but today Belgium in Brief is taking the form of a pop quiz in an effort to better explain the utterly impossible situation we’re likely only weeks away from facing.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t count towards your final grade.
What’s more important:
Reopening bars or opening borders?
Seeing a grandparent or having visitors?
Playing sports or resuming cultural life?
If you could answer literally any of these questions, then the experts in charge of Belgian coronavirus deconfinement strategy could probably use your talents.
Because, as it stands, nobody wants to make the call.
“There will come a time when it will be possible to either open the restaurants, or resume cultural life, or let the sports competitions resume, or allow people to welcome guests into their homes,” virologist Marc Van Ranst told Het Laatste Nieuws this weekend.
“The government will decide which comes first: go to a bar again, or visit grandma,” Van Ranst said, adding that it is difficult to put a date forward, mainly because of the new coronavirus variants.
So what do you think? Is there any way to ease out of deconfinement that doesn’t leave people out? Let @johnstonjules know on Twitter.
Because I certainly failed this quiz, and by all accounts, I’m not the only one.
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