Belgium imposes new curbs on social contact, nightclubs

Belgium imposes new curbs on social contact, nightclubs

A shopper, wearing a protective face masks, looks at a poster for a coronaviruses disease COVID 19 vaccine centre located inside a supermarket in Brussels, Belgium, August 30, 2021. BRUSSELS, November 26, Reuters - The Belgian government has introduced new restrictions on Friday, such as early closings of bars and full closure of nightclubs for three weeks to reduce social contact and curb a rapidly spreading fourth wave of COVID- 19 infections.

The Belgian Premier Alexander De Croo said that the strain on the health service was mounting and that we are confronted with a situation worse than the most pessimistic view of the experts from only two weeks ago.

The new measures come a week after a previous package of coronaviruses restrictions, including enforcing wider use of masks and more working from home. The new rules mean that Christmas markets, cultural sites, bars and restaurants will have to close at 11 p.m. with a maximum of six people per table. Private parties and gatherings are not allowed unless they are for weddings or funerals.