Consultative Committee of Belgium gathers tomorrow: what should we expect?

We expect to see 70+ freaks… It’s a joke! Belgium’s Consultative Committee will meet again on Friday to evaluate the situation and discuss the possible reopening of the hairdressers and other contact professions.

As announced during the previous Consultative Committee, the authorities will assess if the figures have evolved favourably enough to reopen hairdressers, beauticians and other non-medical contact professions on 13 February.

On Wednesday, Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke opened the door for a reopening, but stressed that hairdressers would “an isolated issue,” and “should not be seen as the beginning of a whole series of relaxations.”

Flemish Economy Minister Hilde Crevits stated that she would advise reopening the non-medical contact professions as well, pointing out that hospital admissions are falling and the reproduction rate is below one.

Many GEMS experts, however, are not in favour of relaxing any measures. Biostatistician Geert Molenberghs told local media that nothing has changed from the advice they gave two weeks ago.

“We clearly stated then that there are risks associated with the reopening,” he said. “It is up to politicians to decide whether they want to take that risk.”

The author: Clémentine FORISSIER

Clémentine Forissier, a youthful journalist hailing from Brussels, has been making waves in the field of media. Despite her relatively young age, she has quickly risen to prominence as a prominent voice in Belgian journalism. Known for her fresh perspective and dynamic reporting, Clémentine has become a recognized figure in the Brussels media scene, offering insightful coverage of various topics.

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