The coronavirus in Belgium and the containment measures it entailed have important health and socio-economic consequences. Follow the news of these changes throughout the day in this updated article in real time.
CORONAVIRUS – LATEST NEWS
Invest in a restaurant or a cultural place to save it from the impact of the coronavirus?
This is the proposal of the president of Défi, François De Smet. Much like what is done for your donations to NGOs, this investment would be tax deductible. The hospitality and cultural sectors which do not know when they will be able to resume normal activity are among the two sectors hardest hit by containment.
Scout camps and summer courses? Answer the 3rd week of May
“We hope” that these activities can take place, said the Minister of Youth in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Valérie Glatigny, on the airwaves of La Première (RTBF). “We know how crucial it is: there are 2,700 camps this summer, 1,200 holiday plains, internships, and we know how important it is for young people to do an exercise in socialization and well- to be psychological “. Consultation is underway with Flanders – which sends 1,200 youth camps each summer to Wallonia – and health experts. A ceiling of 50 young people per camp is on the table.
A National Security Council will take place this Wednesday: here is what could be communicated
According to our information, a National Security Council will take place this Wednesday, May 6. It should take place in the early afternoon after the holding of a Restricted Ministerial Council in the morning.
Several issues will be addressed:
– the date of reopening of stores considered non-essential
– define a mechanism to limit the influx of customers upon reopening
– decide on the end of national sports competitions
The National Security Council brings together federal and federated authorities. On the advice of experts, it establishes the measures to be implemented on the territory in the fight against the epidemic of the new coronavirus.
More information in our dedicated article here.
Dentists can now also pay for so-called necessary care
If, during the confinement period, dental care was reserved for emergency situations, the relaxation of the measures by the National Security Council allows dentists to ensure coverage of the so-called necessary care from Monday. The gradual restart of dentistry activities is, however, accompanied by a series of precautions aimed at protecting both the specialist and the patient.
Air France passengers will have to put on a mask to fly
The wearing of the mask will be compulsory on Air France planes from May 11 and passengers will be asked to bring their own mask before boarding, the airline announced on Monday.
All technical control centers reopened in Wallonia
With very specific sanitary conditions. Technical checks are only carried out by appointment. (Learn more)
Nearly 90% fewer flights at Brussels Airport in April, May does not look better
There were only 2,358 flights to and from Zaventem in April, an average of 79 per day, according to statistics from the website Brussels Airport Trafic Control (BATC), co-managed with Skeyes, the company responsible for controlling Belgian airspace. This represents barely 12% of the 19,710 flights recorded (or 657 per day) during the same month last year. The situation should not be much better in May, predict at Brussels Airport.
Le Temps des Cerises rest home stays the course in Biesme
“Moment suspended for residents and staff during this difficult period … We wanted to thank the families and all the people who support us”
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Physiotherapy resumes non-emergency care
All patients can again go to their physiotherapist, reports the professional association Axxon on Monday. The urgent and necessary care provided since the start of confinement can now be extended to non-emergency ambulatory care, whether at home or in the office. (learn more)
Nearly 50,000 meetings will have to be rescheduled at the Citadel CHR in Liège
The CHR of the Citadel in Liège has been welcoming patients since Monday as part of classic medical consultations. Some 750 appointments were scheduled for this May 4, which represents a capacity of 30%, the Liège hospital institution receiving between 2,500 and 3,000 patients daily.
A “quarantine certificate” available for general practitioners
An interministerial conference on public health, bringing together 9 ministers from different levels of power around “testing” and monitoring the contacts of people infected with the coronavirus, approved on Monday the principle of a “quarantine certificate” which could concern everyone. , whether one is employed or not.
Almost 90% fewer flights at Brussels Airport in April
There were only 2,358 flights to and from Zaventem in April, an average of 79 per day, according to statistics from the website Brussels Airport Trafic Control (BATC), co-managed with Skeyes, the company responsible for controlling Belgian airspace. This represents barely 12% of the 19,710 flights recorded (or 657 per day) during the same month last year.
Belgium has entered its first phase of deconfinement
The first phase of the Belgian deconfinement plan entered into force on Monday, a sign of a favorable development in the Covid-19 epidemic, even if the watchword “stay at home” and most of the containment rules remain rigor.
The main change is economic, with the authorization to resume all activities called “B2B”, that is to say between companies. But most of the shops remain closed, with the exception of those which had been able to remain open (food, etc.), which were able to open a fortnight ago (DIY, garden center) or which reopen on Monday (haberdashery and shops fabric, to promote the wearing of the mask). The schools also remain closed, but the childcare centers will start to gradually welcome all the children, taking into account organizational capacities and security measures. (learn more)
“There will be no invasion of public transport”
“There will be no invasion of public transport,” said Sophie Dutordoir, CEO of SNCB in La Libre Belgique on Monday, at the time of the first phase of deconfinement. At the start of the week, 3,600 trains will resume their journey, compared to 1,800 so far, all at maximum capacity.
If SNCB deploys such a fleet, it is to respond to the travel offer while ensuring social distancing. However, it relays a clear message: “Authorities continue to ask users to limit themselves to essential travel. For workers, make telework the norm and avoid travel where necessary.” No question of taking the train to go to the Ardennes to kayak, or to go to the Belgian coast, points the daily. Controls will be put in place on trains and in stations.
15,000 to 20,000 seasonal workers are missing in Belgium
Belgian agricultural and horticultural companies currently lack 15,000 to 20,000 seasonal workers, the Flemish agricultural union Boerenbond estimated on Monday. The organization hopes that foreign workers will reach Belgium when border problems are expected to be resolved.
Seasonal workers, often from Eastern Europe, have been allowed to travel to Belgium despite the coronavirus crisis, in accordance with European rules. According to the Boerenbond, however, this authorization was the subject of misunderstandings because the police returned candidates for seasonal work to the border. This problem should now be resolved, said spokeswoman for the agricultural union Vanessa Saenen.
Campaign to warn against pandemic scams
The federation of the financial sector Febelfin launches this Monday a campaign in order to respond to the feeling of insecurity and the multiplication of phishing (or phishing) emails during the coronavirus crisis. Fraudsters take advantage of the news to deceive the vigilance of Internet users when ordering online or banking.
According to Febelfin statistics, around 20% of phishing emails are currently linked to the coronavirus crisis.
The parental leave allowance “corona” increased by 25%
The allowances paid to people who choose to take parental leave “corona” will be 25% higher than those of conventional parental leave, said Sunday the Minister of Employment Nathalie Muylle (CD&V). The parties that support the special powers agreed on Saturday to create parental leave specific to the coronavirus crisis. It can be granted to a parent of at least one child under the age of 12 or a disabled child. It can only be taken part-time, for the period between May 1 and June 30.
Passengers on Eurostars and Thalys trains must wear masks
Eurostar passengers will have to wear masks from next week as part of the coronavirus protection measures, the company said on Saturday. An identical measure has been taken concerning Thalys trains.
Agreement within TEC on measures related to deconfinement
The management of the TEC and the unions reached an agreement on Saturday evening on the system which will be put in place from Monday within the Walloon public transport company, announces its spokesman Stéphane Thiery. Agents notably challenged the standards imposed on travelers. These fears had been relayed by the socialist union CGSP. Negotiations have taken place in recent days. ((Find out more)
Agreement on parental “corona” leave with retroactive effect
The parties that support the special powers agreed on Saturday morning on the creation of parental leave specific to the coronavirus crisis. The system will have a retroactive effect. A council of ministers is to be held again this Saturday to formalize the decision. The text will then be sent to the Council of State. ((Find out more)