The National Security Council announced Thursday evening a series of important restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Follow all the information on our site and RTL INFO application.
The National Security Council announced Thursday evening a series of important restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Classes will be suspended in schools. Horeca and disco establishments will have to close their doors. All recreational, cultural, sporting, folklore activities, whatever their size, public or private, are canceled. The measures come into effect overnight from Friday to Saturday, at midnight, until April 3 inclusive.
Classes in schools will be suspended from next Monday and until April 3, to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Belgium, said Thursday evening Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes, after a National Security Council.
Schools will however be asked to maintain a childcare service. Nurseries can remain open, said the Prime Minister. “Supervision of children will be ensured at least for those who work themselves in the field of care, and for children for whom it is not possible to organize a care other than by the elderly“, who are a vulnerable group facing the disease, said the Prime Minister.”The idea is not that children are looked after by their grandparents“, she said.
Nurseries can remain open, said the Prime Minister.
For universities and colleges, no closure but distance courses are encouraged. In any case, it is necessary to avoid that students find themselves in crowded amphitheatres.
Shops that meet basic needs, such as pharmacies, food and pet stores, remain open weekdays AND weekends. Shops that do not meet these vital needs will be open on weekdays but will have to close on weekends. Seniors are advised not to shop during peak hours.
“We wanted to guarantee the consumer that the stores remain open except on weekends. And that, over the weekend, food stores, pharmacies and pet food stores remain open.”
Cafes, restaurants, nightclubs are closed. The chip shops and markets remain open in Brussels. We do not yet know what is happening in Wallonia. Home deliveries, drive-ins are allowed. The hotels remain open, but not their restaurant.
“Second, we took a very important and very difficult step, explains Pieter De Crem:when restaurants, cafes and bars are closed. This decision was taken by the fact that we had indications that it was absolutely necessary to take this direction to avoid the spread of the virus.“said the minister.
Home delivery and drive-in are permitted.
Public transport :
The use of public transport is not recommended since it is not an essential trip, employers are invited to adapt the schedules to avoid excessive concentrations in transport and to encourage teleworking.
Regarding public transport in Wallonia, the Government recommends “favor walking and cycling for short distances and, as far as possible, postpone travel to avoid peak hours“. In buses, the rear climb is permitted and the sale of tickets on vehicles will no longer be ensured.
Any sporting, cultural, folkloric event is canceled. It does not matter its size, or that it is organized outside or inside. Small group events are allowed.
The police will verify compliance with the measures and will have the administrative means to enforce them.
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