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Belgium's coronavirus restrictions: What changes on Monday 18 May

Need a haircut? Hairdressers, beauty salons and tattoo parlours have been allowed to reopen from 18 May. "Phase 2" of the easing of Belgium's coronavirus measures sees the reopening of businesses that require close physical contact with each customer on Monday, by appointment only. The hairdresser/...

The Bulletin on Bruzz: 17 May

'It is not desirable for our streets to be dominated by cars again' Belgium must give proper thought, now, to the post-coronavirus future of its towns and cities, a group of 100 experts wrote in an open letter jointly published this week by The Bulletin, Le Soir and De Standaard. The letter argues...

Brussels Airlines asks Belgian government for bail-out

Talks are continuing as the federal government, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa seek to secure the future of Belgium’s national carrier. The CEO of the Germany parent company was in Brussels on Friday for negotiations. Earlier this week, Brussels Airlines announced that it intended to make 1,000 of...

Belgium number two in LGBTI protections, but societal attitudes must catch up

Belgium is still the second-best country in Europe when it comes to rights for the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-intersex (LGBTI) community. It’s the third year in a row that Belgium has placed second on the annual Rainbow Index, compiled by queer advocacy group Ilga Europe. The Rainbow Index...

BEPS International School now an IB World School

Like most schools in Belgium, BEPS International School in Brussels will be welcoming some of its students back next week. And it will be sharing some very big news: It’s secondary is now an official IB World School.

BEPS, located at the edge of Bois de la Cambre, has been busy over the last few years. It has not only opened a secondary school to join its existing primary, it became an authorised provider of the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Grass grows on Brussels' Grand-Place as people disappear

It was Bruno De Lille, formerly state secretary of mobility in Brussels, who brought everyone’s attention to it with a couple of photos on Twitter: Grass is growing like crazy between the cobblestones on the Grand-Place. People walking all over the Grand-Place normally act as a kind of biological...

84% of employees want to keep working from home

A survey among nearly 3,000 people who started working from home following the coronavirus lockdown shows that 84% of them want to continue doing so. The survey was carried out by Odisee College’s Centre for Family Studies in Brussels. “There are a lot of advantages to it,” said researcher Miet...

What’s on this week: 15-21 May

Good news: Many museums in Belgium will open next week , as the measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus continue to be relaxed. Some temporary exhibitions that were on in March are still on now, while others have launched brand new exhibitions. Bozar has extended several...

EU staff show support for communities across Europe with launch of Covid-19 relief fund

Staff from the EU institutions have dug into their own pockets to raise over €150,000 for charities offering medical and food aid in pandemic-ravaged Spain and northern Italy. Colleagues from the cross-institutional group EUStaff4Climate launched the EU Staff COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund a...

Visually and hearing impaired face extra challenges during corona crisis

While quarantine isn’t exactly fun for anyone, the visually and hearing impaired are having a much harder time than others dealing with coronavirus measures outside of the house. While guide dogs are clueless about social distancing, lips are impossible to read behind those facemasks. “I can barely...

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