Belgium in Brief: Nothing Is Unimaginable

Belgium in Brief: Nothing Is Unimaginable
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The news that the manager of a snack bar continued to work after testing positive with the coronavirus is certainly a talking point. Let's do that.

In an act which mayor Inez De Coninck called “unimaginable,” the manager was found to have continued to serve clients despite being infected with the virus.

"Unimaginable?" See, I actually disagree there. With things in the state they are, I can totally imagine this happening.

“We have been living in a pandemic for two years and there are still citizens who do not respect the rules," De Coninck told Belga News Agency. "This is a slap in the face for those who respect the measures – especially the schools which are doing their best to continue working during this difficult period”.

So – the obvious question here – why did he do it? Why did he break the rules?

Sure, this goes way beyond one incident. People not respecting the rules is seemingly still commonplace enough that stories like this one are more grating than truly shocking.

But the key question is: what has to happen so that things like this stop?

Because, quite frankly, I have no idea.

Let @johnstonjules know. 

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