The Brussels region, where Covid is ‘galloping’ once more according to the authorities, has ordered the cessation of all cultural events from October 26 to November 19 and a ban on gatherings of more than 4 people.
The prohibition includes all cultural centres, theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries.
The head of La Monnaie, Peter De Caluwe, has issued a furious response:
Brussels Region announces total closure of cultural events as part of their emergency measures. Where I can understand the measures taken on the federal level (severe reduction of audiences but allowance to continue our work) who at least have done their homework, these new regulations imposed on our sector are made by the Brussels ‘government’, which has during the whole COVID period proven to be totally incompetent in crisis management. With a proven trackrecord of ’non’ decision or at best ‘too late’ decision, they have acted in a cavalier and amateur way over the last months, have never taken the logical and necessary action and have always been running behind the facts. Now they flex their muscles by overreacting. It is scandalous that this decision was made without ANY concertation or knowledge of the severe measures taken already by the sector which was done so well on the level of the Flemish and francophone communities as well as on federal level or by the prevoyant Mayor of Brussels who has been totally communicative and committed. This decision is no less than strangulation, without us being able to make the regional ‘government ‘ accountable as they have no jurisdiction over us. Please do not hesitate to share your feelings about such incompetence, amateurism and lack of leadership.