If you woke up this morning to the startling revelation that 2020 is almost over, you’re certainly not the only one.
You could be forgiven for losing track of the date, the month, or even the year in the current circumstances, and it’s certainly understandable to be shocked we’re almost in December.
Generally, come mid-November, trips home are booked for the substantial expat population. Not this year. While some are looking to last the quarantine in their relative countries, others have already decided they’ll be staying where they are.
The reopening of Belgium’s bars and restaurants is unlikely this year, biostatistician Niel Hens warned amid discussions about the end of the coronavirus lockdown.
“We know that pubs and restaurants are a high-risk environment. That has nothing to do with people in the hospitality industry because they do their best, but it is a meeting place,” Hens explained to VRT. Read More.
Police in Brussels has handed out over 13,000 sanctions for coronavirus rules violations since the start of the first lockdown.
Brussels City Mayor Philippe Close said on Monday that the Brussels-Ixelles police zone had dished out 9,891 reports or citations.
Additionally, the police drew up 3,346 SAC/GAS sanctions, a type of sanctions handed out by municipalities to residents above the age of 14 who have “committed an incivility,” which can lead to a fine. Read more.
Non-essential shops want to be able to allow customers to visit the shop by appointment in order for their businesses to survive, sector federations said on Tuesday in Le Soir.
The “Click & collect” system that shops have resorted to is insufficient to allow businesses to survive, the federations said.
Non-essential shop chains are losing €100 million in turnover every day due to the government’s lockdown measures which has seen non-essential shops close, according to an estimation by Comeos, the federation of organised commerce. Read More.