Brussels closes its cafes and bars for a month from Thursday

Alcohol consumption in public spaces is also prohibited in the 19 municipalities located in the Belgian capital region

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Curtain. Throughout the Brussels region, cafes and bars will close as of Thursday morning throughout the territory, the authorities announced on Wednesday. The Belgian capital has seen a “worrying” rise in the coronavirus epidemic in recent days.

The measure is scheduled for one month, until November 8. Alcohol consumption in public space is also prohibited in the 19 municipalities in the region, said a spokeswoman for the regional executive. Restaurants can remain open. 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.

New infections on the increase

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 p.m. across the country from Friday, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo insisting on the “worrying” situation in Belgium.

The president from 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.

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.

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