Cafés and restaurants will close in Belgium from Monday October 19 for four weeks and a curfew will be in place from midnight to 5 a.m. in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus which “is skyrocketing”, the Prime Minister announced on Friday evening Alexander De Croo after a government crisis meeting. “Week after week, the figures are doubling, they are soaring (…) it is an exponential increase”, justified the Flemish liberal leader, while Belgium is one of the European countries most bereaved by the pandemic (more of 10,300 dead).

In order to “avoid the worst”, he announced a series of new restrictions on social life, the most spectacular of which is the total closure of the Horeca sector (restaurants and cafes) for four weeks from Monday. An evaluation of the measure will take place mid-term, said Alexander De Croo, and there will be economic support from the public authorities. Until now, the closure of cafes only concerned the Brussels region and ran until early November. The measure is therefore extended to the whole country and also concerns restaurants, which officials in the sector immediately described as a “disaster”.

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Other measures: the sale of alcohol will be prohibited from 8 pm and any exit on public roads prohibited between midnight and 5 am, “a curfew” intended to prevent private parties. It is still possible to invite four people at home provided they respect the distances, as announced a week ago, but the so-called “close” contact (without a mask) is now limited to a single person outside the home.

For the Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke, “the situation is extremely serious” from a health point of view, “we must avoid the total slippage in health care”. Belgium, a country of 11.5 million inhabitants, recorded Friday 191,959 (…)

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