BRUSSELS is on course toward lockdown as cases surpass numbers at start of pandemic.
The regional government in Brussels announced on Saturday, October 24 that residents of the city will face a longer curfew from Monday and that sports and cultural facilities will close.
This comes as the latest official figures show that Belgium’s rate of new cases is at the highest since the start of the pandemic, with 15’432 cases recorded on Tuesday, October 22 alone.
Premier of Brussels Rudi Vervoort ordered the closure of gyms and cultural facilities on Saturday, and imposed a 10pm – 6am curfew throughout the city. The measures are expected to last until November 19.
In addition, shops will be required to close at 8pm, gatherings of more than four people are banned and masks will once again become mandatory in public places.
“The situation is very serious, it cannot remain this way,” Vervoot told a news conference.
The new measures come after the government had already tightened measures on Friday, October 23, on top of a nationwide closure of bars and restaurants and a curfew of midnight to 5am.
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