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Brussels closes its bars and restaurants for a month

In the aftermath of the National Security Council’s decision to bring back the closure of establishments in Belgium from midnight to 11 p.m., the capital, like Paris, is more coercive. The measure will come into effect from Thursday at 7 a.m.

In the aftermath of the National Security Council’s decision to bring back the closure of establishments in Belgium from midnight to 11 p.m., the capital, like Paris, is more coercive. The measure will come into effect from Thursday at 7 a.m.

(JFC, with AFP) – Cafes and bars will have to close from Thursday morning throughout the territory of the Brussels region to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which is accelerating in the Belgian capital, authorities announced on Wednesday . The measure is scheduled for one month until November 8. The consumption of alcohol in the public space is also prohibited in the 19 municipalities of the region, said a spokesperson for the regional executive. Restaurants can remain open.

These new restrictions are similar to those that have applied since Tuesday in Paris and in the three departments of the inner suburbs. On Tuesday the Belgian government announced that all bars and cafes should close at 11 pm across the country from Friday, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo insisting on the “worrying” situation in Belgium.

The president of the Brussels-Capital region, Rudi Vervoort and the mayors of the 19 municipalities ruled on Wednesday that these restrictions were not sufficient to contain infections in this very dense territory of 1.2 million inhabitants. Party rooms as well as tea rooms and refreshments (not necessarily serving alcoholic drinks) will also have to close their doors, underlines a press release from the regional executive.

Belgium has recorded over the last seven days a daily average of nearly 2,500 new infections, an increase of 57% compared to the previous week. Among the ten municipalities in the country where the circulation of the virus is the most intense, four are in the Brussels region: Bruxelles-Ville, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Schaerbeek and Anderlecht.

As a reminder, in Luxembourg, representatives of Horesca asked the government at the beginning of the week to postpone the end-of-service schedule of their establishments by one hour, to go to 1 a.m.


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