Belgium has tightened travel advice for Zeeland, South Holland and North Holland due to the increasing number of corona infections. However, according to Vermue, only one infection has been added to her municipality in the past month. “I hope the Belgian government will take this into account,” said the mayor.
Zeeland was probably colored orange by the Belgians because of the recent corona outbreak in Goes, on the other side of the Scheldt. Vermue hopes that the Belgians will look more at the current picture per region. “That is my advice for the Belgian government.”
According to Vermue, the travel advice announced yesterday causes a lot of unrest among the Sluise entrepreneurs. “No one knows exactly what this means,” the mayor explains. “Everyone tries to do the best, of course, but this again means an uncertain situation.” Indeed, entrepreneurs from the border municipalities have previously encountered problems when the Belgian border was closed to prevent the virus from spreading. Patronage fell away and families were no longer allowed to visit each other.
A limit is not really a limit for us “
But the Belgian advice is not only a new blow to the Zeeland-Flemish economy, but also for the inhabitants of the border area. “A border is not really a border for us. There are many families, friendships, employee-employer situations and so on. Vermue therefore hopes that Zeeland will turn yellow again on the Belgian corona map.” use common sense to do his best to keep corona numbers as low as possible, “the mayor concludes.