Friday, 19 March 2021
Belgium will be postponing several relaxations planned from 1 April as part of the “outdoor plan,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced during a press conference on Friday.
The Consultative Committee met one week early, in response to the rising coronavirus figures, to analyse the situation and to re-evaluate the measures currently in place.
De Croo said the only way to stop the increasing infection rates and hospitalisations is by decreasing the number of close contacts people have.
As a result, the Consultative Committee has decided to put several planned relaxations on hold for the time being, and adapt some others.
It is not yet clear until what date the “outdoor plan” will be postponed, as the date depends on the evolution of coronavirus figures.
After the Easter Holidays, the planned relaxations are set to remain in place:
The number of seats on trains to tourist destinations (like the coast) will be limited, and during weekends and holidays, passengers older than 12 years old can only use the window seats on trains.
The government has asked the different Ministers of Education to come up with a detailed and decisive plan to reduce the number of infections and clusters as soon as possible by Monday 22 March.
The Ministerial Decree will be extended until 30 April, with the exception of the ban on non-essential travel which is extended until 18 April, subject to parliamentary approval of the cooperation agreement on maintaining mandatory testing and quarantine of travellers.
Update: This article was updated to specify that contact sports will not be allowed yet from 1 April, following clarification in the Ministerial Decree published on Sunday.
The Brussels Times