Right before the start of the Consultative Committee this afternoon, Brussels Minister-President Rudi Vervoort pleaded for stricter measures to enter into force immediately.
Despite the recommendation to reintroduce social bubbles again for end-of-year festivities, Vervoort told Bel RTL that he is against a return of restrictions in people’s homes.
“The measures need to focus on the places where the risk of infection is greatest. We must take immediate action,” he said. “We will also encourage the use of self-tests.”
Bringing forward the closing hour for the hospitality industry to 8:00 PM would make no sense for Vervoort. Neither would closing Belgium’s borders.
Additionally, a proposal to ban all seated indoor activities of more than 200 people is also on the table, according to reports by VRT, even though nothing about this was mentioned in the experts’ advice.
This would not only include small concerts and performances but also cinemas. Unseated indoor events with more than 200 people present are already forbidden.
The Consultative Committee started meeting at 2:00 PM today and will hold a press conference afterwards to announce its latest decisions. An overview of the expected measures under consideration can be found here.