Belgium must consider 10-person outdoor bubble on Friday, stresses minister
Share article:
Share article:

Belgium must consider 10-person outdoor bubble on Friday, stresses minister

Credit: Belga/Kurt Desplenter

The Consultative Committee has to discuss whether an outdoor social bubble of ten adults is possible during its meeting on Friday, according to Joachim Coens, leader of the Flemish Christian-democrat CD&V party.

“There are a lot of signals from the population that indicate that the limit of what they can accept has been reached,” he said on Flemish television on Wednesday evening.

“If the motivation disappears, the curve goes up. The Consultative Committee must give a signal of what is possible,” Coens said, joining his colleagues in the Flemish government who are pushing for a number of relaxations on Friday.

Since 1 February, children and young people up to 18 years old have been allowed to take part in outdoor activities in groups of a maximum of ten people.

Related News:

 

“Why not be consistent and allow that for people over 18 too? When the numbers stabilise, you have to look at what can be done safely,” Coens said. “I think we can do with some relief outside in a safe way, especially with this nice weather.”

He did not propose a date for when the measure could take effect, but said that it should be done “as soon as possible, taking into account the virological aspects.”

Earlier this week, virologist and member of the GEMS expert group advising the federal government Steven Van Gucht said that a cautious relaxation for outdoor activities is an option, but that a strict distinction should always be made between indoor and outdoor activities.

“Seeing more people when outside it is not really an expansion of your contact bubble,” Van Gucht told The Brussels Times, adding that it would concern people to go for a walk or a bike ride with.

“You could meet up somewhere, but the distance must always be maintained,” he said, stressing the risk of a third wave would increase very much if these people would become close contacts.

“It should really only be a small relaxation, but people should not despair too much about that,” Van Gucht said. “Things are going to get better, more is going to be possible, but March is not the right month to go too far yet.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Belgium’s investment funds total 260 billion euros in assets
Belgium’s funds industry grew by 5.3% (13 billion euros) in the second quarter of this year, bringing investment funds available to the public to ...
Brussels to Luxembourg by train in two hours soon possible
The fastest train ride between Brussels and Luxembourg currently takes almost three hours, but that could be slashed to about two hours thanks to the ...
Over 80,000 companies in Belgium non-compliant with anti-money laundering meassures
Over 80,000 companies and non-profits in Belgium are still not compliant with the Ultimate Business Owner (UBO) register, which is required of them ...
Increase in tax exemption for donations in Belgium fails to meet expectations
The increase from 45% to 60% in the tax exemption for donations, decided by the former federal government in June 2020, has cost Belgium more than ...
Sex workers in Belgium to get more social rights protection
The social rights of sex workers will soon be better protected in Belgium, Belga News Agency reports. The Council of Ministers has approved a draft ...
Belgian firms sent almost 266 billion euros to tax havens last year
Hundreds of Belgian firms sent close to 266 billion euros to tax havens last year, De Tijd reported on Saturday. Any Belgian individual or firm ...
Belgian investigator wins prestigious US prize
Olivier Hardy, an investigator with the federal police’s anti-terrorist unit in Brussels, DR3, received on Friday a "Top Cop" prize in Washington for ...
Pegasus Project: European Parliament awards journalism prize to investigation of use of spyware
The Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism was awarded on Thursday to the journalists from the Pegasus Project coordinated by the Forbidden Stories ...
Belgians can now test their knowledge of driving rules and win prizes
The Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) launched on Friday a quiz to allow the general public to test their knowledge of the highway code. Last year, ...
600 extras wanted for film about Belgian ‘Porn King’ and notorious Antwerp nightclub
A Belgian movie telling the story of a notorious Antwerp nightclub with connections to a Belgian 'Porn King' is looking for 600 extras at the end of ...
Namur Marathon relaunches after two years on hold
The next edition of the Namur Marathon will take place on April 24, 2022, its organisers announced on Friday, as they also opened registrations. ...
Lidl goes on strike: Half of supermarkets in Belgium closes on Saturday
One in two Lidl shops remained closed on Saturday morning, Lidl spokeswoman Isabelle Colbrandt said. Staff have been on strike for several days to ...