“A new resurgence of the virus due to a premature relaxation of the measures should be avoided,” the decree in the Belgian Official Journal states.
While the Consultative Committee is scheduled to meet again to assess the situation on Friday 22 January, no warning of this change was made during the previous meeting of the committee last Friday.
“It is incomprehensible that there has been no communication about this,” said Vansteenkiste, who is also a member of the GEMS expert group that advises the government on covid matters.
“We have already delivered several opinions on ways to motivate people,” said Vansteenkiste, adding that it is “essential” people are given appropriate reason why things are happening. “Give intermediate goals and a timing to reach the final goal each time,” he added.
The extension now means that the measures will still be in force during spring break, from 15 to 21 February. However, if the situation improves significantly, the measures could still be relaxed sooner, according to the decree.