Belgium’s travel ban could be lifted before 1 April, says Di Rupo
Share article:
Share article:

Belgium’s travel ban could be lifted before 1 April, says Di Rupo

© Belga

The ban on non-essential travel, originally intended to expire on 1 March but extended for another month at the last meeting of the consultative committee, could be lifted before 1 April, Walloon minister-president Elio Di Rupo has said.

Last week in parliament, prime minister Alexander De Croo said the measure would come in for consideration next time the committee meets on 26 February.

Speaking on RTL-TVi on Sunday, Di Rupo, who also sits on the committee, also opened up the possibility.

“The measure was taken to avoid seeing our fellow citizens go on winter sports holidays, with the consequences that we experienced last year,” explained Di Rupo. The next consultation committee will re-examine the situation, he said.

“I do not exclude the ban being lifted. But it could remain ‘strongly recommended’ not to go abroad.”

Deputy prime minister Petra De Sutter, another member of the consultative committee, also addressed the question.

The measure was prolonged to cover the month of March, and so was extended until 1 April, she said.

“But the intention is to review all of this during the next consultative committee on February 26,” she said, which could lead to the ban being lifted earlier – “It may not be April 1, but sooner.”

Asked about the possibility of a more general opening up of society in the near future, Di Rupo suggested 1 May might be an opportune date – “If the figures don’t start climbing in the meantime,” he qualified.

“I would hope it might be 1 May,” De Sutter said. “But it wouldn’t be wise to give a specific date.”

Alan Hope
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Experts call for more widespread use of masks as figures rise
As coronavirus figures continue to rise, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has suggested that people return to wearing masks when indoors with ...
Belgium wants to recover €420 million in wrongfully paid out coronavirus aid
The Belgian State intends to recover €420 million of unduly paid Covid-19 aid, La Libre Belgique reported on Thursday. The electronic Council of ...
Why the fight for transgender rights is polarising Europe 
Year after year, Samuel De Schepper would ask Santa Claus to bring him a penis for Christmas. Born female and attending an all girl’s Catholic ...
New offshore wind farm officially opened
Despite being operational since the end of 2020, the SeaMade offshore wind farm was officially inaugurated on Wednesday by Prime Minister Alexander ...
Contact tracers have no time for calls, only texts, amid rising cases
Contract tracers will no longer make phone calls to the high-risk contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus beginning from Wednesday, ...
Belgium holds on to top spot in FIFA rankings despite recent losses
Once again, Belgium's Red Devils have held onto their position at the top of the world football rankings, according to an update released by the ...
Proximus pushes for high-speed internet in Brussels and Wallonia
Fifteen municipalities in Wallonia should soon have access to high-speed internet through the rollout of fibre optics in the region, telecoms giant ...
Why Belgium is regulating sex work
After decades of confusing rules and hypocritical policy, Belgium is finally regulating sex work by removing prostitution from the criminal law. ...
World’s largest chocolate warehouse opens in Flanders
On Thursday, Barry Callebaut – the largest global chocolate processor and manufacturer – opened the world's largest chocolate warehouse in Lokeren, ...
Belgium in Brief: Equal Opportunity To Dance
There's a phrase where I'm from, more often said in jest nowadays, but it came to my mind this morning: "Ye dancin'?" (Are you dancing?), one ...
Farmer discovers cocaine in banana boxes bought in Brussels
A Flemish farmer who purchased boxes of bananas at the market in Brussels on Tuesday came home to discover large amounts of cocaine packed among the ...
Changes to speed cameras increase likelihood of a ticket
Changes to the way speed cameras work in Flanders and Wallonia will increase the likelihood of receiving a ticket when cars pass them above the ...