New Security Measures In Belgium: No Handbags And Backpacks At Festivals

Wailer 4One of the over 280 annual festivals in Belgium.

This has never happened before as for the first in Belgium, the governor, and Chairman of Federation for Music Festivals,  Jan Briers, calls for more stringent safety measures, as long as  terror level 3 is maintained.

Organisers for big festivals such as Rock Werchter, Tomorrow-Land, Graspop, De Gentse Feesten and the Lokerse Feesten came together to discuss safety measures they need to take this Summer before the festivals begin.

OCAD, the body for threat analysis in the country, said there is a need for increased vigilance around so-called soft targets, such as cinema halls, shop centers and festivals. There is no concrete evidence for attacks, said Peter Mertens from Crisis Center.

“We are calling for general alertness. Organisers should consult with the local police to put together a risk analysis, and consider what measures need to be taken.”

Jan Briers, the Governor of East Flanders, advises the organisers to jointly take measures. “We don’t know how long terror level 3 will last, thus, festivals in this period must follow the same rules as football matches.” Said Jan Briers.

“This means, among others, a ban on backpacks or handbags. On the campsites, he said backpacks should be permitted. The control should also take place when the people go to the Meadow walk.” He added. The report said the festival organisers are yet to respond to the tasks they may face in maintaining security.

The report says the festival organisers are yet to respond to the tasks they may face in maintaining security.

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