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Belgium in Brief: This Isn’t Just Another Timeline

Today, this intro will be brief, mostly because I feel like I would just be repeating things better explained below.

However, I wanted to take a second to talk timelines because we’ve had a few by this point.

Hot off of the heels of the plan revealed at the weekend by Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon, this new timeline for Belgium is potentially going to carry us right the way through to… well.. freedom?

Now that’s a lot. As always, there are so many things that could change in the coming months that could bump us from the current plan to return things to normal from September.

It relies on a lot of factors outside of our individual control.

Other people need to follow the rules, not just you.

Vaccines need to happen, but you don’t know when yours is coming.

Facing another summer of rules and regulations can seem pretty bleak, but there’s one thing to keep in mind.

This new timeline feels like the most information we’ve had in over a year. The closest we’ve got to a deadline.

So, what do you think of the latest announcements? Overly ambitious or just what we needed?

Let @johnstonjules / j.johnston@brusselstimes.com know.

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