Belgium ‘won’t hesitate’ to implement extra measures, says Interior Minister
Share article:
Share article:

Belgium ‘won’t hesitate’ to implement extra measures, says Interior Minister

© Belga

Following criticism that Belgium’s Consultative Committee’s latest measures were not strict enough, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said that the government will implement extra rules if they turn out to be necessary.

Responding to criticism from experts that the measures taken were “not enough” to stop the rise in the coronavirus figures, Verlinden said that the federal government will not sit still in the coming days.

“If we see that, in the totality of the package, additional things have to be decided, we will not hesitate,” she told VRT News on Saturday evening.

Verlinden referred to the task given by the Committee to the different Education Ministers, to draw up a plan with measures to further limit the risk of coronavirus infections in schools by Monday.

Related News:


“It is to the credit of the ministers of education that they are trying to do everything they can to keep those schools open,” she said. “I am on the same side as them in that fight.”

The common goal is the full reopening of all schools on 19 April, after the Easter holidays. “We have now clearly asked [the education ministers] to come back to the Consultative Committee with a proposal for measures,” said Verlinden.

Even though she did not mention a possible so-called “cooling-off week” – during which children do not go to school physically – for after the Easter holidays, Verlinden did not rule out anything. “If it is necessary to take certain measures, we will do so.”

Additionally, giving priority vaccination to teachers – as Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts requested – is not as easy as it sounds, according to Verlinden.

“The problem is more nuanced,” she said, adding that many children are also infected, take the infection home with them, where they then infect parents and/or grandparents. “We can’t counteract that by vaccinating the teachers.”

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Over 50,000 march against fascism in Rome
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against fascism in Rome on Saturday, one week after violent protests against the Covid certificate. Over ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...
Vaccinations: Belgium’s Health Minister currently not in favour of a general booster shot
The latest figures on new coronavirus cases are worrying, but rather than imposing new safety measures, what is needed is full compliance with ...
Thousands protest against the Covid health pass in France
Demonstrations against the health pass and other measures aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus mobilised tens of thousands of protesters ...
Record-breaking 770-metre highline installed in Freÿr, Belgium
A 770-metre long highline was installed at an altitude of 70 metres at the Freÿr Rocks on Saturday, setting a new Belgian record, according to ...
Huge cannabis farm discovered inside closed down Chinese restaurant near Charleroi
A cannabis plantation with several hundred mature plants was dismantled on Friday evening in a former Chinese restaurant on Chaussée de Bruxelles ...
Citizen founded wind turbine project launched in Liège region
A citizen founded wind turbine project was inaugurated in the Liège Region on Saturday by Walloon Energy Minister Philippe Henry (Ecolo) together ...
Five questions to philosopher Philippe Van Parijs on Leopold II and embarrassment in Brussels’ public space
The worldwide explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, combined with the 60th anniversary of the ...
Belgium to invest in sustainable heating in 2022
The federal government will set aside about one million euros in its 2022 budget for a social tariff for sustainable heating, Federal Energy Minister ...
Unfinished draft of new Astérix story discovered
The discovery of the unfinished draft of a cartoon album on the most famous of all Gauls, sketched by cartoonist René Goscinny, was announced by his ...
Anti-vaxxers demonstrate against Covid Safe Ticket in Brussels
Hundreds of supporters of the anti-vaxx movement gathered on Saturday outside the headquarters of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company to protest ...
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 ...