Level 4 alert could last until Monday – schools and metros back to normal tomorrow

Belgium has maintained its terror alert at level 4 for Brussels, the highest level possible, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel announced on Monday.

The country’s National Security Council held a meeting for more than three hours to reassess the terror threat level, based on the latest information from the Coordinating Body for Threat Analysis (OCAM).

Schools in Brussels will reopen on Wednesday – as will the city’s subway system on Wednesday, the prime minister said.

He added that the current terror alert level could be kept in place until Monday, but would be reassessed on a daily basis.

The rest of Belgium will remain on level 3 out of 4, Michel added.

Defence minister Steven Vandeput told reporters gathered outside the federal government building ahead of the meeting: “We will maintain the measures for as long as is needed – days or weeks if necessary.”

Yvan Roque, president of the Brussels Federation for the Hospitality Industry, told RTBF that cafes and restaurants in the city had made just 10 percent of their usual revenue in recent days.

He said: “The weekend was particularly difficult because many establishments rely on Saturday and Sunday for a large part of their takings. Monday was also quiet. I hope this situation does not last too long.”

Roque added that the hospitality industry would ask the Belgian government for extended deadlines to pay their sales tax bills and social contributions, because of the cashflow problems created by the Brussels shutdown.