Minister Vandenbroucke: "If Pukkelpop cannot meet the conditions, it will not work"
Federal Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) repeats that the rules for festivals are simple. "I understand that it is not easy to make that happen. The assessment is up to Pukkelpop. If Pukkelpop cannot meet it, it will not go ahead," he says in "The morning" on Radio 1.
If you want to go to a festival, you have three options: either you have been fully vaccinated, or you have a negative PCR test result of a maximum of 48 hours old, or you have a negative rapid test of a maximum of 24 hours old. So it has to be repeated every day. For Pukkelpop, that is a tough assignment.
Vandenbroucke nevertheless says that the rules are clear and relatively simple and does not intend to tinker with them much. “Pukkelpop said it was possible to organize the festival in a safe way. The plan of the Flemish government at the beginning of the summer included the option of continuing Pukkelpop. It was perfectly possible to test everyone in the field every day."
"We are actually asking less than that now. If we fail to comply with the rules, all respect and understanding for that. If they say they can't live up to it, then it won't go through"