Belgium reintroduces stringent isolation measures amid a pandemic

In Belgium, school holidays have been extended, shops are closing. The restrictions will also affect the service sector and gatherings of people.

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Due to the continued growth of  infection, the Belgian authorities decided to expand restrictions: school holidays are extended in the country, shops and service enterprises are closed, no more than one person is allowed to visit, said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. On Friday, October 30, The Brussels Times reports.

“We are returning to strict isolation, which has only one goal: to ensure that our health care system does not collapse,” De Cro quotes The Brussels Times.

He stressed that residents of the country need to limit physical contact as much as possible.

The new measures, if their deadline is not specified separately, will enter into force on the evening of November 1 and will last until December 13. In early December, the authorities will assess their effectiveness.

For security reasons, the following rules are introduced:

— no more than one person can be invited. Those who live alone are allowed to receive two people

— all non-essential stores are closing. They will be able to sell their goods through a delivery service. According to local media outlets, shops selling food for people and animals, pharmacies, and newsstands will remain open.

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— enterprises in the field of non-medical services that require close contact, hairdressing and cosmetology centers are being closed in the country

— all higher education institutions are switching to distance learning by the end of the year. From December 1, some classes, if necessary, will be allowed to be held in-person

— school holidays are extended until November 15th. After that, all primary school students will return to schools, and only 50% of students in the second and third grades of secondary school

— hotels will allow work, but bars and restaurants will be closed. On the territory of hotels, guests will be able to eat only in their rooms

— Recreation parks will be closed from November 3

— zoos will stop working

— a maximum of 15 people are allowed at the funeral

In Belgium, it will still be possible to gather in groups of up to four. In this case, everyone must wear and maintain a social distance.

A nationwide curfew remains. It operates from midnight to 5:00 am.

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