Reports: cinemas, theatres and concert halls to close, sports without audience

Reports: cinemas, theatres and concert halls to close, sports without audience
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Belgium’s Consultative Committee may have decided that all indoor activities will be banned and that sports must be played without spectators, according to early reports in local media.

At a previous meeting, the Committee had already prohibited all indoor events with more than 200 people. Ministers are now reportedly tightening measures further to also prohibit all seated activities with fewer attendees, reports Het Laatste Nieuws, citing confirmation from several sources.

In practice, this would mean that cinemas, theatres and concert halls will close. But libraries, museums and sports facilities would be allowed to remain open.

The decision is remarkable because this measure was not in the advice that the GEMS expert group submitted to the authorities, which leaked on Tuesday.

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Sports matches, both indoors and outdoors, are said to still be permitted, but without an audience.

Additionally, shopping will only be possible in pairs from Sunday, according to reports by VRT and Het Laatste Nieuws.

The Consultative Committee is still ongoing. These reports remain unconfirmed until/unless they are announced by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo at a press conference, which will start at 6:15 PM today.


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