Belgium: Locals react to tightening of coronavirus restrictions as infections spike

Belgium implemented new restrictions to curb the further spread of the coronavirus after a rise in infections, Saturday. As seen in Brussels, instead of entering «Phase 5» and further relaxing the measures, Belgians are now required to use masks in public spaces while restaurants and bars started tracing guests. «It's difficult to work under these conditions, it's difficult to put new things in place. Keeping registering when you have 150 seats is tricky. We don't know to what extent people will be honest with their identity. We will do it as best as we can and see how it goes,» said a bar owner in the city centre. «I really think many people won't like this. So, maybe they will think twice before going to a bar. Me, I have no problem giving my details,» a bar guest said. Belgium has one of the world's highest mortality rates per capita due to the pandemic which has claimed almost 10,000 lives and has 65,199 registered cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. According to Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes, easing of restrictions could be announced on September 1.

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