Belgium’s ban on non-essential travel could be lifted before April

The situation will be re-assessed at the next consultative committee and Di Rupo did not rule out completely lifting the ban. [EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

Belgium’s decision to ban non-essential travel could be lifted any time before 1 April depending on the situation of the country’s COVID-19 cases, politicians have said.

“The measure was taken to avoid seeing our fellow citizens go to winter sports with the consequences that we experienced last year”, Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo told RTL-TVi.

“We had to take a strong measure because we were afraid that we could reproduce what we experienced a year ago with winter sports,” he added.

The situation will be re-assessed at the next consultative committee and Di Rupo did not  rule out completely lifting the ban.

“I do not exclude that the ban is lifted. But it could remain strongly recommended not to go abroad”, he said.

The European Commission recently said Belgium needed to justify the reasons behind the non-essential travel ban.

EU Commission: Belgium will need to justify non-essential travel ban

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