The city of Brussels determined, on Wednesday (7), the closure of all bars and cafes for a period of one month, starting tomorrow (8), in an effort to try to contain the pandemic of the covid-19 – informed regional authorities.
The places where meals are served at the table may remain open, but public spaces for alcohol consumption will remain closed until 8 November in the 19 communes in the Belgian capital.
Party and tea rooms are also expected to remain closed until November 8.
These measures are similar to those announced in Paris the day before.
At first, on Tuesday, the Belgian government had announced that bars and cafes were due to close at 11 pm on Friday. This measure was updated with today’s report.
The chief executive of the Brussels region, Rudi Bervoort, and those responsible for the 19 communes considered this Wednesday that the restrictions announced yesterday would be insufficient to contain the number of infections.
Belgium has been experiencing a sharp increase in the number of positive cases of the new coronavirus. In the last week, the country had an average of 2,500 new cases per day, an increase of 57% over the previous week.
Since the start of the pandemic, Belgian health officials have reported about 135,000 cases, with just over 10,000 deaths.