Flanders plans to get rid of masks by the end of summer

According to Jambon, the end of these measures could well take place sooner. [Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis]

The leaders of the Belgian Flanders region have reiterated their goal of dropping most pandemic-era restrictions on public life by September.

“Flanders’ goal of returning to an almost normal life on 1 September remains intact. With this in mind, I am considering letting go of social distancing and wearing a mask,” said Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon, adding that the measures could well be abolished sooner.

“Even in August this should already be possible, if a number of important conditions are met, such as the COVID Safe ticket, ventilation and crowd management. By 1 September, we also have the intention to raise the maximum numbers indoors and outdoors,” he added.

The Flemish minister wants the Flemish “freedom plan” to be discussed at the next consultation committee, scheduled for Friday (18 June). “I will try on Friday to bring the measures for July and August as close as possible to this plan,” he said.

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