Belgium in Brief: Belgium Tries to Backtrack On Border Closures
Tuesday, 02 March 2021
Belgium’s non-essential travel ban – a thorn in the side of politicians and persona alike – could very possibly be gone by April, according to the latest news from PM Alexander De Croo.
Speaking last night, De Croo said he is looking into how to work with Belgium’s regions to replace the current ban on non-essential travel with “greater enforceability” of testing and quarantine measures.
It kind of raises the question of why Belgium wasn’t just doing that in the first place though?
Like several countries, Belgian authorities came under fire for not giving a reason for strict border measures, despite it being assumed that less restrictive measures – such as the very ones being suggested – also would have done the job.
One of the reasons was apparently “not to discriminate between our own and EU citizens,” explained De Croo, however critics have already voiced that such measures have hit Belgium’s non-Belgian residents far harder than the Belgian ones, effectively cutting them off from friends and family across a border.
So what do you think?
Was the (effective) border closure justified?
A step too far?
Or not far enough?
Let @johnstonjules know on Twitter, he’s not seen his home country in 8 months.
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