“When the non-essential shops were able to reopen, they were given measures proportional to their surface area,” said Thérèse Van Houtte, spokesperson for the “Pour la messe libre” collective, which organised the rally.
“The churches remained closed and a petition was signed by 13,000 people asking to speak about places of worship in the Covid consultative committees,” Van Houtte continued, saying that a meeting followed which led to the 15-person rule.
“We feel that this measure is unfair because we have some buildings that are immense,” she continued. “The parish priest of the Basilica of Koekelberg has also appealed to the Council of State to demand proportional measures.”
Van Houtte added that rallies were organised before Christmas, outside, in front of churches, but the police asked the participants to disperse.
The next meeting with representatives of the federal government is scheduled for 26 January.