By shouting “Freedom! Freedom! And carrying banners saying “United for our freedom, our rights and our children”, people marched to the headquarters of the European Union. Some also carried signs criticizing the vaccines and against the obligation to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday that kindergartens and primary schools would close for the holiday season a week earlier, and children must now wear masks from the age of 6. Indoor events will only be permitted with a maximum of 200 people.
Previously, the government closed nightclubs and ordered bars and restaurants to close at 11 p.m. for three weeks. Speculation was rife that closing hours would be brought forward to 8 p.m., but the cabinet decided not to do so for now.
According to the latest coronavirus figures, the nation of 11 million people appears to have reached a plateau.
On a weekly average, 17,862 new daily cases were reported, an increase of 6% from the previous week. Hospital admissions increased 4%. More than 3,700 people are hospitalized with the virus, including 821 in intensive care. More than 27,000 people have died since the outbreak began last year.