Brussels, December 28 (AP) Representatives of Belgian actors, performers and cinema operators have appealed against the government’s decision to close cinemas and other cultural centers over concerns over the coronavirus.
Under a new set of restrictions imposed over the weekend, cinemas, concert halls and art centers have been ordered to close. Some remained open in protest. The order was made despite the scientific committee’s assessment advising the government that such places pose no additional risk to public health.
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The FEAS umbrella association for the sector declares that this decision is unfounded, unfair and disproportionate and, along with several cultural and rights groups, appeals to the Belgian Council of State, which has the power to suspend or cancel such decisions.
After meeting with representatives of the sector on Tuesday, Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke told state broadcaster RTBF that “there is no possibility of immediately reviewing (the government’s) decision”.
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Thousands of Belgian artists, cinema operators, event planners and others gathered on Sunday to protest the shutdown of the country’s cultural life to stem the spread of the burgeoning omicron variant.
Events like Christmas markets are allowed to continue, despite their loud and sometimes chaotic mulled wine parties, while restaurants and bars are allowed to remain open with new restrictions. (PA)
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