Just over a week ago, I mentioned that the Belgian government had decided to strongly recommend wearing face masks in shops, but not make them mandatory.
There was quite a lot of pushback against this decision and, unsurprisingly, the wearing of face masks in shops and some other indoor spaces will be compulsory from Saturday.
And pressure has been growing as news spread of a widespread opinion among scientists that the coronavirus Covid-19 can be spread by aerosol transmission. If that is the case, and the World Health Organisation is also coming around to the idea, then a 1.5m social distance would not be enough to stop the spread of the disease. But the widespread wearing of face masks would help a great deal.
The obligation to wear a mask which covers the mouth and nose applies in most indoor spaces where people gather. That includes shops and indoor shopping centres; cinemas, theatres and concert halls; conference spaces and auditoriums; museums and libraries; and places of worship.
The wearing of a mask in other situations is “strongly advised,” said the office of the prime minister in a statement.
So that’s good.