Coronavirus: masks will remain mandatory in the workplace until October

The obligation to wear a mask at work has been the subject of controversy in recent days. Several politicians, including the Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon, having notably declared in the wake of the last Consultation Committee that we could remove the mask at work.

Lhe mouth masks will remain compulsory in the workplace at least until October, insofar as the Superior Council for Prevention and Protection at Work maintains the current protocol, we can read on Saturday in the columns of the Nieuwsblad.

The obligation to wear a mask at work has been the subject of controversy in recent days. Several politicians, including the Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon, having notably declared in the wake of the last Consultation Committee that we could remove the mask at work.

Most anti-Covid measures are detailed in a ministerial decree but, concerning the rules at work, this decree refers to a generic guide drawn up by the Superior Council for prevention and protection at work. The various social partners, employers and employees, are represented on this council, which does not seem to want to change its protocols for the moment.

“The current generic guide remains applicable”, declares President Karel Van Damme in the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. “We want to be extremely careful, especially now that many people are returning from travel and schools are about to reopen. New flexibilities are emerging and, consequently, new possibilities for the transmission of the virus. We therefore prefer to err on the side of caution in the workplace. “

So that no modification of the generic guide is on the agenda. However, if the social partners so wish, a debate can be initiated, specifies the Board of Governors. Several members of the Concertation Committee, including the Flemish government, nevertheless intend to demand, at a forthcoming meeting, a total suspension of the obligation to wear a mask in companies. The implementation of such a suspension measure would imply the cancellation of the current generic guide by a ministerial decree.

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