Stay at Home - Blijf thuis - Bleib zu Hause - Restez chez soi

Joint message of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister Mark Rutte (The Netherlands) and Minister-President Armin Laschet (North Rhine-Westphalia).

Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium: "In these difficult times, we must show solidarity together. Unfortunately, that now means staying in our own country, following the rules and only crossing the border for essential journeys – not for recreation or leisure and not to go shopping with friends and family. This is the only way to beat the virus. The more we stick to the rules, the sooner we'll be back together again. So let's help each other by staying at home."

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands: "People in the Netherlands enjoy visiting our neighbours in Belgium and Germany, but the reality now is that we aren't the only ones crossing the border: the virus is too. That's why I urge everyone to only cross the border for essential journeys, not for shopping and not for fun. At a time when the coronavirus is in circulation, we as good neighbours must show solidarity with each other. In this case, unfortunately, that means staying at home. So my message to you is: Bleib zu Hause, restez chez vous, blijf thuis."

Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia: "The pandemic is hitting us hard, both here in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Belgium and the Netherlands. As good neighbours and friends, we support and show solidarity with each other. At the moment, solidarity means, first and foremost, showing restraint. That is why, along with Alexander De Croo and Mark Rutte, I am asking you to stay at home: don't go shopping in Belgium, don't carry the virus across the border. Help to fight the coronavirus by being responsible, so that together we can look forward to better times."