You know that feeling when a movie franchise you love makes a fantastic announcement, but you’ve been let down before, and don’t want to get your hopes up again?
That’s how I feel right now looking at the latest measures in Belgium.
Honestly, the past few films have been a bit disappointing, and the Easter pause was a big let down for many, but it’s not entirely surprising.
Due to many things outside of its control, the studio producing this ‘New Normal’ has a history of missing deadlines, overpromising, or just being a little vague.
I mean, sure, I’m a diehard fan of their previous work (have you seen “being allowed to go to the shops” – love it) but I don’t want to get my hopes up quite yet – even if I am a sucker for a good trilogy.
Part 1 – despite lacking an official name – looks quite convincing: schools, travel with restrictions, being outdoors with more people, test events. I’m here for it.
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Belgium will start relaxing some of its coronavirus-fighting measures after the so-called “Easter pause,” announced Prime Minister Alexander De Croo during a press conference on Wednesday.
“We, with the Consultative Committee, have opted for a cautious and realistic approach, relying heavily on trust,” De Croo said. “If you look at the situation in the hospitals, you cannot say that we have received much good news in recent days.” Read more.
From 8 May, the hospitality sector in Belgium can re-open its terraces, the coronavirus situation permitting, the Consultative Committee announced on Wednesday.
This is just over three weeks away, but the brewing process of a pint can take up to four to six weeks. However, brewer AB Inbev has told Het Nieuwsblad there will be 20 million beers on 8 May. Read More.
Besides a decreased number of patients in intensive care, two “milestones” in Belgium’s vaccination strategy should also lead to further relaxations, the Consultative Committee decided on Wednesday.
Following the restart of schools and the lifting of the non-essential travel ban on 19 April, and the end of the “Easter pause” on 26 April, the next relaxations will be based on milestones in the vaccination campaign, announced Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. Read more.
Ahmadreza Djalali, the Swedish-Iranian professor who guested at the Free University (VUB) in Brussels, has been moved out of solitary confinement in Iran, according to Amnesty International.
Professor Djalali, an expert on disaster medicine, was arrested while visiting a conference in Iran in 2016 on charges of espionage. The charges were an invention, his supporters argue, trumped up after he refused to spy for Iran in the West. They also point out his trial, where he was sentenced to death, lacked even the most basic democratic protections. Read More.
Two Italian carabinieri – the equivalent of Belgium’s disbanded gendarmerie – solved a ten-year-old crime this week when they spotted a stolen Roman statue for sale in an antique shop on the Sablon in Brussels.
The pair were in Brussels on a mission from the archaeology division of the carabinieri. Once the job was done, they went on a stroll from the Justice Palace to the nearby Sablon, home of chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. Read More.