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    Grand Place Grows Grass: Photos of Lockdown

    Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    After over 2 months of lockdown, Brussels is a city of contrast.

    The latest easing of measures has seen parts of the city reopen, as shopping districts are flooded by mask-wearing locals, cafes begin to operate out their doors and lines outside of stores become the new norm

    The other side of the city, tourism, continues to be quiet. Grand Place lies mostly empty as the grass begins to grow, train stations lie quiet, the bars closed, and restaurants more frequented by tourists than locals don’t open their doors.

    Taken around the start of Belgium’s Phase 2, here are some photos of how the city is adapting to a new normal.

    A staff member stands in the deserted Central Station in Brussels. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    The market on Place Luxembourg restarts, with stall owners taking new precautions for safety. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    Police patrol the pedestrian zone. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    Police cycle round the quiet Grand Place zone, bordering on the busy Rue Neuve area. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    Staff stand guard on Rue Neuve to ensure people obey the one-directional shopping rules. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    Grass grows on Grand Place, normally one of the busiest parts of the city. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    The city is peppered by lines outside of stores as shops enforce maximum customer rules. Credit: Jules Johnston

     

    Parks in Brussels continue to draw crowds, despite measures. Credit: Jules Johnston

    Jules Johnston
    The Brussels Times