Coronavirus: the City of Brussels is setting up a system to avoid crowds in the center

Thousands of people gathered on Saturday evening on the Grand-Place in Brussels. Measures will be taken to limit access.

COn Saturday, thousands of people crowded into the alleys adjacent to the Grand-Place and gathered en masse in front of the Town Hall, to admire the Christmas tree and the play of light. Images which shocked while the day before the Consultation Committee had reaffirmed the seriousness of the epidemic.

The mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close (PS), called on visitors to postpone their passage if the Grand-Place were to be too busy. And Sunday evening already, the police intervened to restrict access.

In order to limit the number of people present at the same time, the City of Brussels took measures on Monday morning.

Supervised reopening rue Neuve

Rue Neuve will be divided in order to ensure a permanent flow in both directions and to avoid static crowds, by means of Nadar barriers, road markings, sanitary arches at the accesses, and preventive signage. The presence of stewards and police will limit access, as well as a dynamic real-time counting system.

Grand Place

Following the crowds this weekend, the City has decided to limit and filter entrances to the Grand-Place, to close it in case of great crowds, to prohibit eating, drinking and smoking on the Grand-Place. -Place so that the respect of wearing the mask is permanent even when taking photos in front of the tree.

Compliance with these measures will be supervised by the police.

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