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Belgium in Brief: Party At My House

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As usual, the practical consequences of the theoretical rules announced by the Consultative Committee last week are slowly coming to the surface.

While not as eye-catching as the rule that stated you could invite some guests to your garden but only one of them could use your toilet, or as typically Belgian as the curfew applying for two hours in Brussels before it was lifted across the country, the latest measure has also raised some eyebrows.

According to the government’s “summer plan,” people will be allowed to organise a party in their garden or on their terrace for more than ten people, but only if they hire a professional caterer to do it.

“Everything that is organised [this summer] should be arranged by a professional organisation,” Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon said on ATV on Sunday.

“Whether it is in a party hall or at someone’s house, if it’s a professional caterer who takes care of things and makes sure that everything is in line with the rules, it is allowed,” he said.

While virologist Marc Van Ranst said that it would make sense to call in a professional, Jambon’s statements were heavily criticised by his colleagues.

“The so-called ‘kingdom of freedom’ is a bit closer for those who have a large garden and can afford a caterer,” said Green MP Imade Annouri. “For the rest, tough luck.”

However, what the final outcome will be is still not sure, and should be cleared up over the next few days, when the Ministerial Decree with all the rules is published.

What do you think? Will you be hiring a caterer?

Let @johnstonjules know. Or @maithechini, since she wrote it today.

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