Belgium tightens social contact rules

The Belgian government has tightened COVID-19 restrictions, taking effect at the end of the week, to counter a sharp rise in infections across the country.

So far, Belgians have been able to see up to five people without social distancing and be in groups of up to 10 people at a table in a bar or restaurant.

From Friday, the ‘close’ bubble, those people with whom rules of distance do not apply, is set to be reduced to a maximum of three per person.

At the same time, private gatherings at home are limited to a maximum of four people in addition to one’s own family, and the same goes for being seated at a single bar table or gathering outside.

Bars and cafés will all have to close at 11 p.m.

(Alexandra Brzozowski,

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