Terror threat – Santa Claus only in Brussels on Friday for security reasons
Monday, 30 November 2015
Santa Claus was due to be welcomed by approximately one thousand children in Brussels on Monday at 10:30am but has rescheduled his trip to Friday at the same time, revealed Martha Meeze, Visit Brussels spokesperson. The cancellation is due to the security measures currently in place in schools.
All Brussels schools were invited to register for the event but they all had to cancel because of mandatory security measures during the highest level (4) terror threat period. The office of Joëlle Milquet, Minister of Education, reminded schools of security rules following the lowering of the warning level to terror threat level 3. School are now able to go on outings again and each headmaster or headmistress is invited to use their own judgment.
Santa Claus is the patron saint of schoolchildren and his float was scheduled to enter Brussels at 10:30am on Quai des Péniches in the presence of the Brussels-Capital Minister-President Rudi Vervoort. A decorated marquee was to be erected to welcome a thousand five to eight-year olds. Entertainment as well as hot chocolate and sweets were planned for Brussels children until 1:00pm. These events have now been moved to Friday.