As Brussels settles into the first day of the countrywide shutdown, an unusual calm has fallen across the city.
From the European district - now lying empty - to downtown tourist sites, Brussels is nearly deserted.
This drastic change is the result of the latest “far-reaching measures” implemented from noon on Wednesday in Belgium to contain the further spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). The measures are having a great impact on public transport.
Stores and traders who do not comply with the imposed measures can be prosecuted, and the police will draw up an official report. However, the intention is to only do this for persistent offenders.
These lockdown measures are - for now - until 5 April, For a full explanation of the measures in place, click here.
The Brussels Times
Correction: a previous version of this story said book stores were open