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Managing the health situation, start of the school year for all and outlook

The National Security Council extended to include the Minister-Presidents met on Thursday 20 August to take stock of the epidemiological situation and to determine the measures that should be extended and those that could be relaxed. In addition to managing our health situation, the measures in place in recent weeks were aimed at safeguarding the start of the new school year – in other words, getting the circulation of the virus sufficiently under control to allow all children to return…


Changing your social contacts for the next 4 weeks

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Additional measures to strengthen the double strategy to fight the Corona virus' resurgence

The National Security Council, extended to include the ministers-president, met today in view of the evolution of the epidemiological situation, which is permanently monitored. Based on the new health information, a new report was requested from Celeval last weekend. On the basis of this report, it was decided to strengthen the double strategy – national and local – introduced last week to tackle the resurgence of the virus. National approach To this end, it is decided that the…


BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND

Response to parliamentary questions on COVID-19 and on preparations for a second wave

Check against delivery Thank you, Mr Speaker. The improvement we’ve seen in the health situation in recent weeks isn’t a given, as shown by the reproduction number, which has risen above 1 again. One of the questions was about daily figures. I share your opinion entirely. I share your opinion, and we’ve asked [the Belgian federal public health institute] Sciensano to start providing us with daily figures again, to at least ensure that the experts have these at their disposal,…


BELGA PHOTO POOL CHRISTOPHE LICOPPE

National Security Council meeting of 15 July

Phase 5 of the phase-out plan is not yet activated. Some indicators are worrying and we are keeping an eye on things. We all need to be more vigilant. On 23 July, we will assess the situation again.


The Consultative Committee extends the requirement to wear a face mask

The Consultative Committee met today, Thursday 9 July, in the presence of the Group of Experts in charge of the Exit Strategy (GEES). The experts submitted a new report recommending an extension of the obligation to wear a face mask. This brings them in line with the advisory report of the Superior Health Council, which was issued this morning. On this basis, the Consultative Committee decided to extend the obligation to wear a face mask, following the new GEES recommendations. As a reminder,…


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Response to parliamentary questions on the handling of the crisis and on the recovery

Check against delivery   Handling of the coronavirus crisis   Thank you, Mr Speaker.   Of course, the summer-holiday period is a very popular time for people to travel abroad, and the lockdown we have experienced because of the public-health crisis has definitely made the desire for a change of scene even greater. However, as we know and as has been said many times, the virus has not gone anywhere. It is still out there. New infection clusters have emerged in several of Belgium’s…


Decision of the Consultative Committee on travel abroad

Today, Wednesday 8 July, the Consultative Committee met in the presence of the Group of Experts in charge of the Exit Strategy (GEES) to define the epidemiological strategy regarding people who return from so-called “high-risk” zones, as part of the fight against Covid-19 in Belgium. The National Security Council has already regulated non-essential travel abroad by strictly limiting the list of countries accessible for Belgians to European member states and/or countries in the…


Phase 4 of the phasing out will start on 1 July

The National Security Council, extended to include the ministers-president, reached an agreement to proceed with phase 4 of the phasing-out from 1 July, on the basis of the agreement of the GEES experts, who refers to the favourable evolution of the epidemiological situation. The six golden rules remain in force: compliance with hygiene measures; preferably organize activities in open air; taking extra precautions for people who are in high-risk groups; respecting safety distances; the…


Response to parliamentary questions (events sector and management of the crisis compared with other OECD countries)

Check against delivery   Emergence from the crisis and the road ahead for the events sector   Thank you, Mr Speaker.   As I’ve said a number of times, easing the lockdown is an unprecedented, complex and gradual process that requires us to strike a balance between the desire and the need to return to normal life, on the one hand, and the requirements of the health situation, on the other. Unfortunately, because of their very nature, certain sectors cannot resume their activities…