The City of Brussels has issued a ban on prostitution in order to curb the spread of the new coronavirus on its territory.
Decided on Monday evening, the ban will enter into effect immediately and remain in place until further notice.
The cabinet of Mayor Philippe Close said that the municipality imposed the ban in an effort to fight rising coronavirus infections.
The ban concerns not only street prostitution in all its territory, namely the Alhambra district, but also sex work in any buildings in the territory of Brussels 1000, meaning that the district’s so-called rendez-vous hotels will have to shut their doors.
The Brussels-Ixelles police zone has been tasked with enforcing the ban and issuing fines to potential offenders, Bruzz reports.
The move comes after earlier closing times were imposed on all bars and cafés in the Brussels Capital-Region as officials strain to cap rising coronavirus infections.
The municipalities of Schaerbeek and Saint-Josse, where there are also prostitution districts, will reportedly not impose a ban.
The Brussels Times