The rule that an appointment can be made outside with four people also continues to apply during the end-of-year period. “But if that means that you first have to pass through interior spaces, it is not possible,” said Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) about this on Saturday in ‘De Oorning’ on Radio 1.
“It is true that you can still meet with four people, if it can happen outside,” said Verlinden. This requires a separate access to the garden. “Of course I also understand that not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden or terrace that is spacious enough for such gatherings to take place, because of course you still have to respect social distancing. That will not be possible for everyone. ”
The minister also stressed that the police will continue to monitor lockdown parties. “A number of those parties have already been checked. When it is indeed established that there is a lot of noise or that a whole group of people is present together in a small space, the police will be able to intervene, ”said the minister. She also nuanced: “It is certainly not the case that the police will systematically ring the bell at all doors during the end-of-year period.”
On Friday, the consultation committee decided that Christmas and the end of the year should be celebrated in a limited circle. There is an exception for singles. They can only invite their two regular contacts at the same time on Christmas Eve and Christmas.