HL Belgium, an organization which represents marriage providers, would like clarification, in particular as to whether or not to consider a symbolic ceremony as a religious or philosophical ceremony.
HBelgium, an organization that represents marriage providers, said Wednesday evening that it did not understand the decisions of the National Security Council, pointing to the lack of clarity and prospects. “It strikes us like a slap,” said spokeswoman Cynthia De Clercq.
“The rules are particularly vague for the marriage sector. Our phone keeps ringing, like our colleagues do. Couples do not understand the rules and wonder if their marriage can take place, “said the spokeswoman.
HL Belgium would like clarification, in particular as to whether or not to consider a symbolic ceremony as a religious or philosophical ceremony. The organization also regrets the lack of prospects for a future relaxation for the holidays, while cultural events can already resume with 200 people. The spokeswoman also cites the example of the Netherlands, where weddings can bring together up to 100 people.
In addition, HL Belgium considers it “unacceptable” that the players in the sector have not really been “forced” to stop an activity and therefore cannot claim a “nuisance premium”.
“While a restaurant can accommodate customers without limit, with a maximum of 10 people, a party room with enough space cannot open until July 1,” said the spokeswoman.
The reception and banquet rooms will be able to open their doors again on July 1, but for a maximum of 50 people. “It is a slap in the face” of providers, says HL Belgium.
According to the organization, around 20% of marriages are still going on, but that number could drop to zero. “We are disappointed and angry with the way the government is working during this crisis. We have already been without prospects for three months and we still cannot resume. “