Brussels cafes and bars will be closed from Thursday for a month, with only restaurants open, the mayors of the Belgian capital decided, following the federal reinforcement of the covid-19’s containment measures, this Wednesday. fair announced.
The mayors of Brussels decided to order the closure of bars and cafes in the city which, according to official data, has the highest incidence of cases per 100 thousand people (502), in the last 14 days, with the national average being 246.
The closure of cafes and bars should be in force for one month, until 8 November, and alcohol consumption in public spaces in 19 municipalities in the Brussels region is also prohibited.
On Tuesday, the Consultation Committee on covid-19 decided to adopt more stringent measures at national level, in the face of the “worrying situation” – which comes into force on Friday and for a period of one month – which provide for a limit of four people per table and the closing of establishments at 22:00.
From Friday, and for a month in Belgium, close contact is limited to a maximum of three people outside the household.
According to today’s data, Belgium recorded a daily average of 2,466 new infections in the last seven days, an increase of 57% compared to Wednesday of last week, for a total of 134,291 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and a balance of 10,092 deaths.
Four of the zones where the circulation of the new SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus is more intense are ‘communes’ (municipalities) in the Brussels region: Brussels-City, Molenbeek, Schaerbeek and Anderlecht.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed about 1.5 million deaths and more than 35.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.