Belgium must consider 10-person outdoor bubble on Friday, stresses minister
Thursday, 04 March 2021
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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.
“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.”