The City of Brussels has decided to delay the mandatory opening time of the Midi Fair to 18:00 today 18 July and Tuesday 19 July because of the forecast high temperatures, Belga News Agency reported.
This change in opening times allows vendors to choose to open later. Usually, food stalls would have to open by 11:00 and rides by 13:00. Both types of vendors can still choose to open earlier but will not be required to be open until 18:00 for the two days.
Fabian Maingain, the alderman for economic affairs for the City of Brussels, said the decision was made to allow both fairgoers and vendors to enjoy the fair in good conditions.
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Meteo Bruxelles forecasts a high of 35℃ today and up to 40℃ tomorrow. The combination of air pollution and hot weather will cause high ozone concentrations in the air, which can cause health concerns for vulnerable individuals in particular.
The fair (in its 141st edition) opened on 16 July and continues until 21 August between Porte de Hal and Porte d'Anderlecht.