Belgium is probably facing its worst time since the Covid-19 pandemic started. The number of cases is continually increasing: recently more than 10,000 cases per day have been registered.
Some new regulations include wearing a mask everywhere and at any time in the entire region, a curfew from 22 pm until 6 am, mandatory teleworking, closing cultural centers and sporting facilities, closing shops at 20 pm, cancelling all school excursions, and shopping only alone (with the exception of people who require assistance or young people under 12).
I went to the center of Brussels just before the curfew (of course to respect the rules and to be sure to be at home before 22 pm). It was sad and shocking to see this city with plenty of life that now is almost empty. In the Grand-Place, I saw just a few people still visiting and taking pictures. The Manneken-Piss area was also empty; in a normal day this place is always crowded with so many visitors. The majority of restaurants and cafés are also closed. Just some of them are still open for delivery.
Of course, if we want this pandemic to end, we need to respect the elementary rules: wear a mask, wash our hands very often (I have always hydroalcoholic gel in my pocket), and do not meet anyone.
Here are some photos that I took in Brussels’ city center after the new rules came out.