Belgian government to allow limited social visits
'Respecting these rules is crucial. We count on your sense of responsibility and your common sense,' says PM.
Visits to the homes of family and close friends will be allowed in Belgium from Sunday, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès said at a press conference Wednesday.
She said such visits must be limited to four people and social distancing is still required. To make tracking and tracing possible in the case of infection, subsequent visits should be limited to the same four people. Sunday is Mother’s Day in Belgium.
“Given that these visits will happen in our homes, it is very difficult to enforce them,” Wilmès said. “But respecting these rules is crucial. We count on your sense of responsibility and your common sense.”
On Monday, Belgium began to slowly relax its containment measures but visits to people’s homes weren’t allowed.
The National Security Council, which includes Belgian politicians and experts, also confirmed that all shops can reopen on May 11, although they gave extra guidance on hygiene rules to minimize the risk of infection. Trips to shops should be carried out alone and wearing a face mask is encouraged. “It’s essential that the reopening does not create a mass effect,” Wilmès said.