It was decided to take strong but short measures, he said. Businesses that are not systemically relevant are only allowed to receive customers by appointment during the “cooling off phase”. Contact professions such as hairdressers have to close. Only four instead of ten people wearing masks are allowed to meet outside. De Croo once again urged people to limit contacts as much as possible.
With a view to the schools, the liberal politician said that from Monday there should only be distance teaching. Kindergartens remained open. The goal remains to fully reopen the schools on April 19 after the Easter break.
Drastic increase in infections, more hospital admissions
The number of new infections in Belgium had recently risen dramatically. For every 100,000 inhabitants, the value rose by 50 percent to 434 in the past two weeks. Over the past seven days, 4,158 people were infected with the corona virus every day. The number of hospital admissions also increased. On Friday, Belgium had initially postponed the easing planned for the beginning of April.
Strict corona restrictions already apply in Belgium. Unnecessary entries and exits are prohibited. Indoor social contacts are also largely forbidden. Shops, on the other hand, have been open continuously since the beginning of December. Contact professions such as hairdressers have also been allowed to work again for a few weeks. De Croo reminded again on Wednesday of the home office obligation whenever possible. The night curfew will also remain in force, as will the entry and exit ban.
In autumn Belgium recorded more than 20,000 new infections a day at times, but the country was able to reduce the number significantly through strict restrictions. So far, 11 percent of the adult population in Belgium have been vaccinated at least once, and just under 5 percent have received both doses.
Published: March 24th, 2021, 3:57 p.m.
Last updated: March 24th, 2021, 3:58 pm