“Everyone took it for their rank”: behind the scenes of a very, very hot consultation committee … but we have seen worse!

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In view of the differences on the wearing of masks by children, between the Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) and the community ministers of Education (supported by their respective minister-presidents), the consultation committee was announced. very tense… And it has been, even if it has already been worse, some philosophized.

“The Federal Minister of Health has put pressure on the Regions and Communities. He reproached them for not going fast enough on the ventilation of the school premises, for being too lax ”, explains this witness. “He said that wearing a mask from 9 years old was already a compromise, because the GEMS experts wanted it to be from 7 or 8 years old. In short, everyone took it for their rank ”. The minister-presidents replied: “No, the situation is not chaotic in the schools”. They have therefore obtained the right to set the rules themselves… But they will make the effort to quickly equip schools with CO2-meters, which Frank Vandenbroucke urged them to do.

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Despite this beautiful union between Wallonia and Flanders, there was a bit of tension between Jan Jambon (N-VA) and Pierre-Yves Jeholet (MR) over the age at which children should wear the mask in society. Compromise: 10 years. Note a pass of arms between the Federal Minister of Health and that of Justice, Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open VLD), on compulsory teleworking. The first wanted 4 days, the second 3 days a week… It will therefore be 4 first, then 3.


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