Brussels imposes curfew on bars as coronavirus cases soar

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Brussels authorities are closing bars early in the EU institutions capital city to slow the spread of the coronavirus
Brussels imposes curfew on bars as coronavirus cases soar

BRUSSELS -- Facing a surge of new coronavirus cases far higher than in other parts of Belgium, Brussels authorities are closing bars early in the EU institutions capital city.

Beginning Monday night, all bars and cafes have to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. while any other businesses selling drinks or food will shut down at 10 p.m. In addition, eating at street markets is now forbidden.

Local media said authorities thought about starting the bar curfew at 10 p.m. but the proposal was rejected to support virus-ravaged businesses. According to the Belgian cafes federation, half of the country's 12,000 bars may not survive the coronavirus crisis.

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SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press
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