Phase 4

Belgium’s exit from lockdown goes into Phase 4 on Wednesday, with yet more restrictions being eased.

The big change as far as we are concerned is that cinemas, along with other indoor cultural activities, will be allowed to re-open with a maximum audience of 200 people. Our local cinema already has a programme up which, unsurprisingly, is made up entirely of films that had already been screened before lockdown. Still, it’s a start and I really don’t object to seeing Call of the Wild again.

On a related note, the Kinepolis multiplex chain are also going on tour next month which is why we will be seeing an outdoor screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Alden Biesen in the middle of July. For outdoor events like this, audiences of up to 400 are allowed, so at will be interesting to see how it works.

Time limits when shopping have also been removed, as well as the maximum number of stalls in markets. Contact bubbles — the number of people we can have in our social circle — rises from 10 to 15.

Wearing a face mask is recommended but not mandatory.

The infection rate is still coming down so, if things carry on as they are, we can look forward to another easing of restrictions in August, and sending the kids back to school in September.

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