“The AB remains convinced that it is possible to receive spectators in a safe and warm environment. But, now more than ever, AB feels that it must contribute to the effort to relieve congestion in hospitals,” the organisation said.
There are currently 1,091 patients in Brussels hopsitals, of which 187 are in the intensive care unit. Brussels accounts for 17.5% of all hospital admissions in Belgium.
“Today, we feel even better equipped to welcome the public and the artists safely. But when all the indicators are turning red, we have to temper our ambitions,” the organisation said.
Nevertheless, AB is “preparing to start the new year with a fresh look and new concerts” in anticipation of what it is describing as a mental health crisis that will be “no less dramatic” than the virus’ impact on physical health, as “culture and music can help to combat these feelings of depression, isolation and lack of meaning.”
Those who have purchased tickets for the concerts that were scheduled will be notified in person, AB said.