Prime Minister Alexander De Croo appeals to common sense to avoid a ‘Christmas wave’ of corona infections. He strongly advises against skiing. And mega buys will be for later.
Decisions about what will be possible during the Christmas period will not be taken until next week at the Consultation Committee, but Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) gave another small hint this afternoon after the Council of Ministers. Not much will be possible.
To illustrate, he showed the Lectrr cartoon in De Standaard at the press conference about the possible ‘Christmas wave’ of infections. “A cartoonist succeeds here in three lines to clarify what it is about.”
“Don’t endanger each other”
The government wants to avoid at all costs that Christmas becomes a celebration of the spread. De Croo therefore appeals to common sense and leaves the phrase “you don’t have to be a virologist to understand that …” working overtime. “Christmas is a shared concern of all my European colleagues. Christmas is a celebration of security, it should not be a moment when we put each other in danger. We will be making a decision on the measures at the end of this month, but don’t let us make plans that we already know will endanger each other. It should not be a festival of darkness. ”
Traveling and skiing holidays are one of those plans for De Croo. “I think we all remember very well that the winter sports holidays spread the virus in Europe. Travel is strongly discouraged within Europe. You don’t have to be a virologist to know that skiing holidays pose a very high risk and I would strongly advise against them to anyone.
Geen Black Friday?
In France, people are considering postponing Black Friday. This would normally almost coincide with the reopening of the stores. In order not to completely skew the competition between online and regular stores, large players such as Amazon were also involved in that decision. There is a good chance that our country will follow that example.
“We have taken note of the decision of the French government and we also discussed it at the Council of Ministers this morning. We are going to contact the major players in online sales to reach a similar decision, ”said Deputy Prime Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne (PS), responsible for Economy and Employment.
My most important message during #EUCO#COVID19 discussion tonight.
If we want to avoid third ‘Christmas wave’, we need a European approach to winter travel.