Brussels’ different municipalities should be able to decide about relaxations of the coronavirus measures, said Uccle mayor Boris Dilliès after the Region announced it would not lift measures like the rest of the country in September.
In Uccle, 69% of adults have been fully vaccinated so far, and 74% have received their first dose so far.
“For the people of Uccle, which borders on Flanders, where the supportive and reasonable population mostly accepts to be vaccinated, being part of the Brussels region is not a plus,” mayor Dilliès tweeted on Saturday.
He added that while he has never been one to say that Brussels’ local authorities should have more power, “there comes a time when the municipalities should decide for themselves.”
Pour les Ucclois, frontaliers de la Flandre,où la population solidaire et raisonnable accepte largement de se faire vacciner,faire partie de la région de Bxl n’est pas un +.
Je n’ai jamais été sous-municipaliste mais arrive un moment où les communes devraient pvr décider seules. pic.twitter.com/cS1yHxR28D
In Flanders and Wallonia, all restrictions on businesses in the hospitality industry, with the exception of wearing face masks, will be lifted from Wednesday 1 September.
In practice, this means there will no longer be a set closing time for bars and restaurants, that people can once again stand at the bar and that the limit on the number of people at a table no longer applies. However, people will still have to wear a face mask when not seated.
“How is it possible that bars and restaurants in Uccle continue to follow the same rules as in other municipalities, where the vaccination rate is much lower?” Dilliès said.
“The figures speak for themselves,” he added. “I am still in favour of solidarity, but there must be coherence, and each mayor must take their responsibilities.”