Brussels lifts 10 PM curfew, imposes ban on gatherings from midnight on 8 May
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Brussels lifts 10 PM curfew, imposes ban on gatherings from midnight on 8 May

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The Brussels-Capital Region will bring its coronavirus restrictions into line with the federal measures, meaning the curfew will be lifted from 8 May, the Regional Security Council decided on Wednesday.

The curfew, which applied between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM across Brussels, will be replaced by a ban on gatherings of more than three people (with an exception for larger households) from midnight to 5:00 AM, like in the rest of the country.

On Tuesday, Brussels Minister-President Rudi Vervoort said that the starting time of this ban could be brought forward to better align with the closing time of the terraces, but this will not happen.

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Night shops can remain open until 10:00 PM.

The ban on alcohol consumption in the public space will be enforced from 10:00 PM, instead of 8:00 PM previously.

The general obligation to wear a face mask in the public space remains in force.

While these measures are set to apply from 8 May until 30 June, the Brussels’ Regional Security Council – which brings together the 19 mayors and the heads of the different police zones – will evaluate them on a regular basis.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times