Schools should not close during second wave, says Flemish Minister
Sunday, 31 May 2020
If the new coronavirus (Covid-19) flares up again into a second wave, playgrounds, skateparks and schools should not be closed again, according to Flemish Minister for Youth Benjamin Dalle.
A second wave or second lockdown, should they happen, must be handled differently, with children as the focus from day one, Dalle told De Zondag. “We’d better keep [schools] open. The closure of the schools has had a huge impact on children,” he said.
“Virtually all European countries have closed their schools. With today’s knowledge, we should not do that anymore. We now know that other measures, such as contact bubbles, can also stop the spread,” said Dalle.
“Open space is so important. Many children grow up without a garden or terrace. They have to be able to go outside. That wasn’t possible for weeks. That’s why I strongly urged [the National Security Council] to open those playgrounds. Same for the summer camps. I’m happy with the result,” Dalle added.