Brussels wants to enlist the help of imams


September 29, 2020 – 7:50 PM – World


In Brussels there has been a big increase in the number of corona infections. Inter-federal spokesperson Steven Van Gucht proposes involving imams in the fight against the corona virus.

About 10% of the test results are positive in Brussels, twice the national average. The 19 mayors of Brussels are forced to reinforce the measures – which only came into force on Saturday – in the light of this context.

The closing time of the catering industry will be moved from 01:00 to 23:00. In addition, the wearing of face masks will be mandatory and there will be a ban on gatherings of more than ten people in the public space between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Van Gucht, head of the Viral Diseases department at Sciensano, tells Het Laatste Nieuws that stricter rules will not be enough for Brussels. According to him, the way in which the measures will be communicated to the various communities in the capital is important.

“You can close the cafes earlier, but if people keep partying at home, you won’t achieve anything,” argues the virologist. It is necessary to properly explain the how and why of these measures to the different communities of the capital.

The interfederal spokesperson calls for the involvement of new players such as imams or local influencers in order to achieve effective communication of the measures.

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