Belgium government bans ‘unnecessary’ travel


Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo stated that the ban will be valid from January 27 to March 1, and those who enter Belgium or want to leave the country will have to prove that their travel is absolutely necessary.

Stating that they took these measures to combat the newly detected species of coronavirus, De Croo said that only this way they could be protected from the third wave.

Stressing that the decision to ban does not mean to “close the borders,” De Croo said, “We are not building walls around the country. Arrivals and departures are still possible, but there must be a good reason for them.” said.

There are some exceptions

It was stated that Belgium’s ban on non-compulsory travels would not include some exceptions. These exceptions are business trips, assistance to a person in need of care, travel for education, family reasons such as illness or the death of a relative, and visiting children of parents who are separated and living in different countries.

The exception will also be those who live in a neighboring country and have to cross the border to get their daily work.

Among the other decisions taken by the Belgian government, everyone who will come to the country from the UK, South Africa and South America from Monday must go into quarantine for 10 days and have a test on the 1st and 7th day of their arrival.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will now need to stay in isolation for 10 days instead of 7.

Workplaces such as barbers, hair salons and beauty centers across Belgium will also be able to open from February 13, unless the number of new cases increases significantly. The final decision on this matter will be made at the beginning of February. Such businesses had been closed since mid-October.

In Belgium, with a population of 11 million, one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe, 687 thousand people have been infected with the virus so far, 20,620 of these people have died.

Since October, when the second wave was experienced, restaurants, bars and cafes in the country have been closed. A curfew is imposed in the country from 22:00 until the morning and it is obligatory to work from home whenever possible.


Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.

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