Minister of the Interior Pieter De Crem (CD&V) would rather have Tomorrowland in Boom and Rock Werchter in Rotselaar near Leuven cancelled. The risk, in coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, is too big.
The involved mayors concur. Festivals in Dessel and Geel realise its very unlikely they will be able to go ahead. Others, like Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp and Maanrock in Mechelen hope for the best.
Antwerp Pride boasted 150,000 participants and visitors over the five-day festival in 2019. The Belgian Pride spoke of 100,000 attendees on 18 May 2019.
These are no small gatherings. And perhaps also not the best idea(s) at this point. We can only wait for a decision by the National Security Council, which is expected by 19 April.