Mayor De Clercq: “It is now everyone’s responsibility to decide for themselves when to wear a mask in public places”

Mayor of Ghent Mathias De Clercq declared that as of yesterday, people strolling the shopping streets in the City of Ghent will no longer be required to wear a face mask. This was the last part of the city where masks were still obligatory.

Mayor de Clercq said: “We still advise people to put on their masks when there are crowds of people or when it is no longer possible to keep a distance”. He continued: “Everyone has had the chance to be vaccinated. It is now everyone’s responsibility to decide for themselves when to wear a mask in public places.”

The removal of the mask requirement for shopping areas comes after consultation with medical experts but masks are still required inside the shops themselves as well as on public transport, reports Brussels Times.

The last annulation of mask requirement prior to this one was made on July 1 when people were not obliged anymore to wear a mask in school environments.

 

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