Hospitality sector calls for abolition of face masks

“We are asking for the abolition of the face mask obligation for staff, and for clients when they move around in the establishment, such as to go to the toilet.”. [Shutterstock/Norenko Andrey]

Ahead of a Consultative Committee meeting on Friday, The Flemish hospitality sector has called on the Belgian government to lift the obligation to wear face masks in restaurants and bars.

“We are asking for the abolition of the face mask obligation for staff, and for clients when they move around in the establishment, such as to go to the toilet,” Matthias De Caluwe of Horeca Vlaanderen told Het Laatste Nieuws.

“We will propose to work using the protocol for the events sector,” De Caluwe said.

“That is to say, a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) for events with over 500 attendees, as long as that regulation applies for events too,” he added.

Friday’s government meeting will be largely focused on the use of the Covid Safe Ticket across the country, with proposals including a similar use to that in France, Italy, and Germany, where the pass is used to give access to department stores and the food and drink sectors.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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