Alexander De Croo stated at a press conference that, as 84 percent of adults in his country are fully vaccinated, the advisory committee decided to remove the mask requirement for both customers and employees in the shops and accommodation sector as of October 1.
De Croo stated that the mask requirement will continue to apply in public transportation, health institutions, and in places where there are professions that require personal communication, such as hairdressers.
‘This Is Becoming An Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated’
Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said: “There is a big ‘but’. There are still people who are not vaccinated, especially in Brussels. Half of the people there are still unvaccinated.”
Stating that most of the cases in hospitals are young and often unvaccinated, de Croo said, “This is becoming an pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
Noting that intensive care units have also become “a gathering place for the unvaccinated,” the Prime Minister said, “No one has the right to arbitrarily put other people at risk.”
The Safe Covid Card
In last week’s cabinet meeting, federal districts agreed to use the Safe Covid Card, which proves that people are fully vaccinated, have a negative result by having a PCR test within 48 hours, or have recently recovered from the disease.
As of October 1, all regions in the country will be able to use the card to enter various venues such as restaurants and gyms. The application, which will be valid until 31 October for now, can be extended until 30 June 2022 depending on the course of the pandemic in the country. The capital city of Brussels, where vaccination is relatively low, will start the application earlier.
As of October 1, nightclubs and discos will be opened on the condition that a Safe Covid Card is used.
In The Course Of Covid-19 In Belgium
According to the average of the last 7 days announced by the National Institute of Public Health, the number of daily cases, which has been stable for a while, was recorded as 1974.
During the period in question, an average of 60 people were hospitalized, and the death toll was 7.
In the country with a population of 11 million, where 25,500 people have died due to the virus since the beginning of the epidemic, 86 percent of the population had the first dose and 84 percent received two doses.