The Liberal spoke about the new Concertation Committee which will take place this Friday, June 4. If this meeting will be devoted to travel and vacation prospects, the Minister wishes to put back on the table a whole series of questions, in particular in connection with the Horeca.
“These are not really new decisions, but a little pragmatics, common sense, in the application of the protocols”. And to quote in particular the opening and closing hours of the restaurants, as well as the orders at the bar. “We could allow some cafes to open earlier than 8 a.m. to give them the opportunity to serve breakfasts. At the level of closing times, they are currently 10 p.m. indoors and 11:30 p.m. on the terrace. Standardizing all this would be wise. because it will create confusion. ” But the minister goes further and wishes to discuss the return of plexiglass on the terrace. As a reminder, on the eve of their reopening scheduled for May 8, restaurateurs had learned that they could not put Plexiglas between the tables on the terrace in order to bring them together. “This could however allow a better profitability of restaurants”, insists the minister who is therefore open on the issue. “Some points are common sense and I think they will be accepted.”
” Some rules are out of date“, he adds again when he discusses the issue of summer sales. “Before the sales, we should remove all unnecessary rules in view of the evolution of the pandemic”. Currently, only two people can shop together, and stores can only accommodate one customer per 10 square meters. ” It’s much too strict “, says the liberal. “With the epidemic progressing well and the vaccination, we are in a position to be able to improve all of this.”
“Rajae Maouane plays with fire”
Despite everything, the epidemic is far from over, which is why the Minister says he is ready to continue aid – temporary unemployment and double bridge rights – as much as necessary for sectors in difficulty. “We must continue to help people until they return to normal activity. The sectors that still need to be supported are shrinking. It would be a shame, a short distance from the end, to cut aid too quickly .“Even if these aids have an impact on the Belgian budget and deficit, the minister is convinced that it would cost our economy even more to cut them too soon.
Finally, David Clarinval castigates Rajae Maouane’s remarks on the wearing of the veil. ” Her statements are misguided, it is clear that she is playing with fire “, he notes. “She approaches very sensitive subjects – whether it is the question of the veil, the Palestinian question or the question of abortion – with a certain nonchalance and, sometimes, without the necessary nuance.”
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