Everyone will be able to have close contact with up to five people outside the family, face masks will no longer be compulsory everywhere from 1 October, and the mandatory quarantine period will be reduced to seven days.
“These measures are in stark contrast to reality,” said Van Ranst. “The aim of this advice was indeed to make things more flexible, but reality has caught up with us. When you look at the figures, this is not the time. We can expect big problems in the coming weeks if we do not do anything.”
Van Ranst also understands some of the relaxations, however. “It is indeed ridiculous that people have to wear masks everywhere, even in places where hardly anyone passes by,” he said.
He said that he also understands that keeping to a bubble of five people is difficult, especially for (large) families. “But I hope that everyone does not start seeing five people now, because it will become difficult.”