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Much like exercise, visiting partners leads to confusion in corona crisis

According to a spokesperson from the National Crisis Centre, residents should not visit their partners if they do not live under the same roof as them. The question has popped up regularly in the media as it exists in a grey area and therefore makes it difficult for police to assess the situation...

From two rival families to a global brewing giant - new book tells the history of AB InBev

Belgium is the birthplace of the world’s biggest and most powerful brewery – and a newly published book tells the story of how two small Belgian family businesses came to take over the global brewing industry. Becoming the World’s Biggest Brewer: Artois, Piedboeuf, and Interbrew (1880-2000) charts...

Hotels offer free rooms to hospital workers and homeless

Hotel owners in the centre of Mechelen are offering free rooms to hospital workers to allow them to get some sleep close by work. The same owners are offering rooms to people who find that working at home isn’t as efficient as they need it to be. In keeping with measures to limit the spread of the...
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Coronavirus: Action launched to protect women against domestic violence

Lockdowns around the world are bringing a rise in domestic violence as households are forced into permanent cohabitation. In Belgium, concerns over vulnerable women trapped at home has led to federal and local action, reports RTBF. An inter-ministerial working group, Women’s Rights, will discuss...

Athletes respond to postponement of Olympic Games

Belgium's athletes and sports bodies say they agree with the decision to postpone this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo as a result of the coronavirus. The games will now be held next year on the recommendation of the World Health Organization. A survey by the Belgian Olympic and...

The Bulletin on Bruzz: 29 March

Stay at home - your mental health We have all experienced disruption to our lives and, for many, this means heightened anxiety and social isolation. It’s a particularly difficult period for people with existing mental health concerns and for those who may be facing problems for the first time. We...

Baby hippopotamus makes debut in Pairi Daiza

A baby hippopotamus has been born in animal park Pairi Daiza. The baby was born in the award-winning park in Hainut province last month, but staff only made the announcement today as he ventured out of doors for the first time. And what a day the little guy had. He trotted around in the sun with...

Coronavirus: Store on Dutch border is half-open, half-shut

You may know the story of Baarle-Hertog, the Flemish municipality made up of disparate plots of land, all mostly located inside the Netherlands. Tourists love to snap photos of the little crosses on the ground that designate whether you are in Belgium or the Netherlands. What’s particularly...

Coronavirus: VUB launches survey on daily life

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has launched an international study into the effects of the coronavirus crisis on people’s daily lives. The university’s TOR research group has been involved in the sociological study of time, culture and society since 1982. “Daily life has been turned...

Flemish Brabant sees rise in local tourism due to coronavirus

The number of local “tourists” in Flemish Brabant has shot up thanks to the coronavirus, according to figures released by Toerisme Vlaams-Brabant. The tourist board concludes that local people are responding to virus restrictions by getting out and discovering their surroundings. Belgians have been...

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