“The red alert has been given …” This is, according to the expression of one of the participants, the climate in which the meeting between the main ministers of the federal government, experts and representatives of the federal government took place this Thursday evening. regions and communities. A preparatory meeting before the Concertation Committee this Friday, where we reviewed most of the big files. Of course, the last arbitrations will take place this Friday, but we are already able to give you the main decisions adopted.
First of all, in terms of openings, all of the contact professions have indeed obtained the green light to resume activities from March 1. Another favorable decision is the lifting of the limit on extracurricular activities for children under 13 years old. Concretely, they will very soon be able to resume all their activities (sport, leisure, art, youth movements.). In the process, matches and friendly competitions could be authorized in the coming weeks.
In terms of education, confirmation of the 20% face-to-face opening from March 15 for higher education. Opening also possible for a 100% face-to-face return for 3rd and 4th year secondary school students, probably after Easter. Still in the school sector, green light also for excursions of one day maximum.
At the level of the social bubble, Codeco should authorize the increase of the external bubble from 4 to 8 people. On the other hand, no opening with regard to the interior contact bubble, always limited to one person. Big tension in sight, however, this Friday in terms of travel. Experts and the De Croo – Vandenbroucke duo want to maintain the ban on non-essential travel until April 1, despite advice (and pressure) from the European Commission. A compromise may be found in favor of lifting the travel ban against a firm commitment from the regions to strictly and severely control return travel, including by calling on the local police.
Codeco advanced to March 19
Little hope to maintain on the other hand at the level of culture and events. Finally, we learned that the Codeco for the month of March, first scheduled for March 26, will undoubtedly be brought forward to March 19, to be able to react earlier to a possible massive resumption of the epidemic.