Belgian minister puts reopening of hospitality sector on the table

The federal government and communities’ representatives will meet on Friday to discuss whether to maintain or relax the “reinforced containment” measures until 13 December to stem the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic. [EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE REYNAERS]

The reopening of shops and the hospital sector must be seriously considered at the next meeting of the consultation committee on Friday, the Minister of the Middle Class, SMEs, and Self-Employed, David Clarinval, said on Monday.

“I will plead for the reopening of shops and the hospitality to be seriously considered. If an outright reopening cannot be envisaged in the short term, I will propose relaxations to the current measures. I am thinking of the extension of “click & collect” for repair or clothing service providers. I am also thinking of the possibility of receiving clients by appointment,” he said, Le Soir reported.

The federal government and communities’ representatives will meet on Friday to discuss whether to maintain or relax the “reinforced containment” measures until 13 December.

After a second lockdown was imposed, Belgium has seen a significant 28% drop in daily COVID-19 cases. (Alexandra Brzozowski | EURACTIV.com)

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