Students who live together can be seen as a household, interior minister says
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Students who live together can be seen as a household, interior minister says

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Students living together in the same accommodation can be considered as a household, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said amid an ongoing discussion on students’ coronavirus measures.

For that to happen, however, they must be actually living together in their accommodation, which is known as a “kot.”

In a first instance, students’ households were considered to be those at home as opposed to their kot, meaning they would have to keep their distance from each other in the student accommodation.

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Now, with the latest ministerial decree, “we wrote that a household is all people who live under the same roof,” Verlinden told VRT NWS.

“That does not have to be a traditional family,” she underlined. “Even students can be a household, if they have been living under the same roof since the start of the lockdown.”

Just recently, four students who shared a kot were fined for violating coronavirus measures while they were indeed an example of a kot bubble.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times