Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6:20 p.m.
The Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, wants to submit to the consultation committee on Friday the recommendations he is preparing with the “corona” commissioner Pedro Facon, about the safe behavior to adopt in the face of the virus, he indicated on Tuesday in House Health Committee. “Hoping that we will find support for these recommendations,” he added.
In recent days, the draft ministerial decree of Home Affairs Minister Annelies Verlinden has sparked controversy over the lack of reference to the social bubble and close contact. Experts advising the government have let it be known that this was not part of their proposals.
The minister defended before the deputies the idea of no longer integrating these rules in the decree which contains the sanitary measures and thus loosen the grip on the private life of citizens. The numbers continue to drop, he argued, not only because of the vaccination but also the cautious behavior of the population.
The Belgians understood
“It seems that the Belgians have understood very well. We have built up a great deal of caution in our daily life. Our behavior has changed with the pandemic. And we have to keep that. Therefore, we told the government that we no longer want to control people’s behavior with ministerial orders, ”Vandenbroucke explained.
The minister has been working in recent weeks with the government commissioner for the fight against the coronavirus on recommendations on safe daily behavior. He did not want to give details on their content. However, it appears that a distinction will be made between meetings where people are fully immunized and those where not everyone is fully immunized.
“It’s a sensitive point. Vaccination is the ticket for access to living together. Four old friends who are vaccinated can afford more than a group of four friends one of whom is not vaccinated. We have to explain it to people, ”added Vandenbroucke.
There is no additional relaxation planned on the agenda of the consultation committee compared to those announced at the last meeting. The meeting will be devoted to international travel. “I can imagine that we will have quickly after a consultation committee on the summer, in particular the Horeca and the closing hours”, he still said.