Experts are worried that Belgium’s authorities will be easing the coronavirus restrictions too soon, after seeing Flanders’ “freedom plan,” according to virologist and GEMS member Steven Van Gucht.
As so many people have tried hard not to get infected or infect others by following the rules over the past year, it would be a shame to release the measures too early, Van Gucht said on Flemish radio on Monday.
“Everyone feels that we are gradually coming out of the crisis, but it does make us a bit worried,” he said. “We still have to point out the risks.”
Over the weekend, both Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon expressed that they are in favour of organising large festivals in the second part of the summer again, but Van Gucht does not see that as an option.
“I note that our advice has been pushed aside,” she told the Belga news agency, adding that the government is being “impudent” and that politicians are aware of the fact that the experts do not support the plans.
“Despite the high vaccination rate we will hopefully have achieved by then, there will still be too many uncertain factors,” Vlieghe said.