Minister Paul Magnette demands clear routes to reopen Belgium

Today’s Consultative Committee has to set a clear timetable for the reopening of all closed sectors in Belgium starting from April or May, according to Paul Magnette, leader of the Francophone socialist PS party.

Priority for relaxations should be for education, Magnette said, echoing earlier statements from Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, but a clear timetable for other sectors is needed.

“We need a timetable that opens up a clear outlook,” he told Sudpresse on Friday morning. “We cannot leave a meeting this Friday with something vague or with a simple announcement of easing measures later.”

According to Magnette, the hospitality and culture sectors could reopen after the Easter holidays. “I think that is the right moment,” he said, pointing out that the people most at risk – the elderly, healthcare staff on the front lines, the high-risk groups – will be vaccinated by then.

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