Belgium in Brief: Shaking The Mask Habit 

Belgium in Brief: Shaking The Mask Habit 

I would love to kick this off by saying you no longer have to wear a mask in Belgium, but we’re not quite there yet.

However, we are closer than we’ve been in a long time. Maïthé Chini has all the details here, so best have a look to get yourself up to date.

What I want to know is how you feel about going maskless?

Despite masks no longer being as widespread as they once were, I still find myself wearing one when I walk around. It’s probably 80% unconscious habit at this point, but also one I’m in no great hurry to shift.

My mask has just become a thing I grab when I leave the house. I even have them for different occasions:

  • One grabbed out of the multipack we keep by the door when I’m in a rush,
  • The tartan one I wear when I’m trying to brighten up a crushingly mundane outfit,
  • The Batman one that’s really just for the days I wish it was acceptable for a 30-year-old to wear a Batman mask.

And honestly, I’m not sure when I’ll be giving that up entirely. For now, masks are still mandatory for all the places I think I would wear them. I don’t see a point any time soon when I won’t be wearing my batman on the metro or a blue tartan mask on the train.

To be honest, I’m ok with that. Are you?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com

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