The Brussels city region already imposed similar restrictions last week but Friday’s announcement extends them nationwide.
Gilkinet said the decision to close cafes and restaurants — deemed high-risk venues for spreading the virus — was taken to try to head off another full lockdown like the one Belgium enforced earlier in the year.
“Our hospitals are clogged,” he added.”The figures are as high as they were in March when we decided on a lockdown, that’s what we absolutely want to avoid”.
The national lockdown helped bring cases down, but new infections — as well as serious cases involving hospital admissions — are rising again.
Belgium, with a population of 11.5 million, has recorded 191,959 covid cases and 10,327 deaths as of Friday.