The reopening of part of the Horeca has given Belgium an air of newfound freedom. While the population enjoyed a first drink on the terrace this weekend, Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon (N-VA) provided more prospects for a return to normalcy by the summer in the north of the country. If De Croo (Open Vld) and Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) were optimistic this Sunday about the possible organization of festivals in August, the Minister of Health wanted to qualify the remarks in the evening. “If we want a nice summer, we have to be more careful than some have announced,” the Flemish socialist on VTM warned.
Targeting the exit plan presented by the Flemish nationalist, he added that it was a large number of relaxations, believing that “we could not do everything at the same time”. “We risk putting our summer in danger,” he warned. The Minister of Health therefore put forward a “festival pact”.
Four conditions for holding festivals in August
The latter would aim to ensure that such events can be held safely in the second part of the summer and would involve fulfilling four conditions. First of all, Frank Vandenbroucke estimated that the number of hospital and intensive care admissions should drop drastically. Then he insisted on using a coronapass. Third, he postulated that a large testing system should be organized so that festival participants are tested daily. Finally, he stressed the need to limit access to such events to Europeans and “only those who have mastered the epidemic”, to prevent variants of the virus (Indian, Brazilian, etc.) from entering in our country.
For her part, infectious disease specialist Erika Vlieghe (UAntwerp) criticized the idea of organizing festivals this summer. “The government knows what we are thinking, but it seems to matter less and less. The pressure is on, people are assuming more and more that the coronavirus is behind us, but even if I wish we are not. still there, “she told The last news . “This goes completely against what we put forward in our opinions,” she subsequently added to the Belga agency.