IN BELGIUM RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON PLACES OF WORSHIP LIFTED


14/12/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO-  A Belgian court has lifted the number restriction imposed on worshippers because of measures taken as part of preventing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). "Because the government does not offer solutions for mass worship, there is a disproportionate limit on freedom of worship," the ruling, which was taken as a result of a lawsuit led by a Jewish lawyer, stressed.

According to an Israeli newspaper, The Belgian Federal Constitutional Court reached a decision after a decision to limit participation in weddings and religious ceremonies to 5 people, evaluating the application of lawyer David Braun from Antwerp, as well as many names from the Jewish community.

The Constitutional Court ruled that " there is a disproportionate limitation on freedom of worship because the government does not offer solutions to mass worship." In addition, a statement by the Constitutional Court stated that such solutions "will include exceptions and other provisions, possibly according to the agreed place and time request."

The Belgian court's decision said the invalidation of the measure under coronavirus applies to all places of worship. The forum of Jewish organizations in the Flemish region welcomed the court's decision.

"The fact that non-essential businesses, museums and swimming pools should be opened, but places of worship should remain closed, was unacceptable," the organization said in a statement.

Belgium, with a population of about 11.5 million, has the highest death rate in the world, with more than 17,500 lives lost per million people in the outbreak.


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