That leaves room for interpretation, as happens in the city of Antwerp. There, the local police, at the request of Mayor Bart De Wever (N-VA), will only enforce the mouth mask obligation on the public domain in busy places. “I demand a sense of responsibility from everyone,” says De Wever
The adjustment is provisionally in effect until Wednesday 12 August. Until then, the Antwerp police will not intervene if the mouth-nose mask is removed in quiet places, where no one else is in the vicinity or if there is only a short crossing or passing. For the sake of clarity, this therefore concerns a measure in the city of Antwerp, not in the entire province.
De Wever emphasizes that his corps will strictly monitor the wearing of a mask in busy places and that large groups do not gather at night in the public domain. “Respect the guidelines,” he says.