‘No Dutch yo-yo policy’: Belgium cautious ahead of Friday’s Consultative Committee
Share article:
Share article:

‘No Dutch yo-yo policy’: Belgium cautious ahead of Friday’s Consultative Committee

Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (left) with Prrime Minister Alexander De Croo. Credit: Belga

Ahead of the Consultative Committee on Friday about Belgium’s coronavirus restrictions, Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke stated that he wants to avoid a “yo-yo policy,” such as in the Netherlands.

In the runup to the meeting, Vandenbroucke said that he does not want to make “empty promises” about possible closing hours of bars or the reopening of nightclubs after summer.

“I have absolutely no desire to end up in a Dutch yo-yo policy,” he told VTM News on Sunday, referring to the Netherlands’ decision last week to roll back a number of relaxations due to a sharp rise in infections.

On Friday 16 July, the Committee will meet again to discuss the situation, as well as the next step of the relaxations in Belgium’s “summer plan,” that was planned to take effect on 1 August.

Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon said on local radio on Sunday morning that he was mainly looking at vaccinations, saying that normal life could “more or less resume” by the end of August, when 90% of adults will have been vaccinated.

Related News:

 

However, Vandenbroucke stressed that caution is needed as only about 40% of the entire population has been fully vaccinated for now, adding that it is not yet the time to “release all brakes.”

Additionally, discussions about later closing times for the hospitality industry and the possible resumption of nightlife in September all come a bit early, according to him.

The priority right now is that all bars and restaurants ensure adequate ventilation and install the mandatory CO2 meters, Vandenbroucke stressed.

For the time being, organising mass events, such as Pukkelpop, should not be a problem, as the festival can take place provided that the organisation meets the agreements for testing and inspections, according to him.

If everything goes according to plan, attendees will have to show a Covid Safe Ticket to get access to the festival, to show that they have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks or recently tested negative.

Initially, it was said that this ticket would only be needed for events with more than 5,000 people indoors and 10,000 outdoors, but the sector is now asking if it could also serve as an entry control for smaller events, such as weddings, company parties, smaller football games and parties in youth centres, for example.

Latest news

Non-urgent care once again postponed in some hospitals
As the worsening coronavirus situation in Belgium is starting to take its toll on hospitals, it has been confirmed non-urgent care will once again be ...
Brussels Airport warns autumn holidaymakers to arrive early
Passengers leaving from Brussels Airport this autumn have been advised to factor in extra time to account for longer than normal check-in times and ...
27,000 Belgian taxpayers to pay more after incorrect tax break
About 27,000 taxpayers who wrongly received a tax reduction in the last three years due to an error by the tax administration will have to pay what ...
Wallonia launches first major survey for cyclist satisfaction
Following in the footsteps of France and Flanders, the Wallonia Region of Belgium is launching its first major satisfaction survey on municipal ...
After 5 rescues in 2 days, hundreds of migrants take shelter in Italy
After five rescues in less than two days, almost 400 migrants aboard the Geo Barents search and rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean, operated by ...
Belgian wind farm closed down to save migrants floating in sea
A wind farm near Zeebrugge had to be shut down on Wednesday morning as more than 25 migrants had been adrift in its vicinity off the Belgian coast ...
Cinemas will require Covid Safe Ticket from Friday
The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will be required to attend cinemas across Belgium from Friday, which marks the start of the autumn holidays, the ...
Strong warnings issued ahead of climate change summit
New and updated climate commitments fall far short of what is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, leaving the world on track for a ...
Disastrous year for Belgian beekeepers
Belgian beekeepers have experienced a disastrous year, with honey production 50 to 60 percent lower than last year due to heavy rainfall during ...
New measures for schools considered as situation becomes ‘untenable’
Belgium's various education partners met on Wednesday to discuss additional measures to implement in schools as the coronavirus situation worsens in ...
Belgium in Brief: Back To Masks
I really hope you didn't throw out all your masks. You'll be needing them again. Now I do appreciate that this isn't a huge change for ...
Belgium a climate slowcoach as EU reveals emissions progress
The European Union is on track to pass its first big climate test, according to new figures published this week. But Belgium has been singled out for ...