A curfew in Brussels might be prolonged, cultural and sports activities venues will shut and there might be no trick-or-treating at Halloween beneath more durable measures introduced Saturday to curb surging coronavirus circumstances.
“The state of affairs could be very severe, it can’t stay this fashion,” Rudi Vervoort, premier of the Brussels area, informed a press convention. He referred to as on folks to assist the brand new measures as a result of “we gained’t get out of this if what we resolve right now doesn’t have broad public assist.”
“And, after all, there might be no door-to-door, no processions at Halloween — all of that, clearly, can also be forbidden,” he added.
Beneath the brand new guidelines, the curfew will now run from 10 p.m. to six a.m., fairly than midnight to five a.m. Masks might be obligatory in all public locations. Public gatherings might be restricted to 4 folks. Retailers must shut by eight p.m. and takeaway eating places by 10 p.m.
Sports activities venues that must shut embody gyms and swimming swimming pools whereas the shutdown of the cultural sector will embody museums and exhibitions, officers mentioned.
The brand new guidelines come into power on Monday and are because of final till November 19 and can apply in all 19 municipalities of the area. Brussels, along with the close by area of Wallonia, not too long ago posted the best an infection charge per capita in Europe, in keeping with a number one virologist.
This text has been up to date.