Belgium in Brief: Equal Opportunity To Dance

Belgium in Brief: Equal Opportunity To Dance
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There’s a phrase where I’m from, more often said in jest nowadays, but it came to my mind this morning:

“Ye dancin’?” (Are you dancing?), one person will ask.
“Ye askin’?” (Are you asking?), the other will reply.

Then, presumably, they have a dance.

Why am I bringing up an obscure Glaswegian expression in a newsletter about Belgium? Well, firstly because I’ve not talked about Scotland in a while, but also because the topic of dancing and covid came up and this phrase seemed to fit.

A new coronavirus testing centre is opening on Place Poelaert so that anyone can come and enjoy the nightlife of Brussels, even if they don’t have a Covid Safe Ticket.

The centre offers rapid tests, is open until midnight, and in theory, could be the lifeline to those who lack a covid pass to get to where they want to.

So will this just become a normal part of going out for those who don’t have the pass (for whatever reason)? Will the checklist for a night out be forever altered?

Clean clothes? Check
A pre-drink? Check
Taxi booked? Check
Phone, keys, wallet…mask? Check
CST? No? Ah, no worries, we’ll stop by the centre.

Ye dancin’?
Aye (yes), but just let me stop by Place Poelaert.

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com

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