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Lack of food for homeless due to hoarding and closures

Brussels-City has turned drinking water fountains on a little early in response to calls from organisations that work with the homeless. The municipality turns the fountains off for the winter, normally reconnecting them in April. The homeless have had a difficult time getting to food and water...

Students vital as healthcare system feels the strain of coronavirus

While most university students have been sent home because of the coronavirus, those studying nursing and other healthcare disciplines are being urged to go ahead with internships and other work placements. The only condition is that the hospitals protect the students as they would their regular...

Updated: Tips to keep busy in the coronavirus shutdown

With all public social activities curtailed for the next three weeks, businesses, museums, schools and event organisers are coming up with new ways to reach consumers – and people are finding productive new ways to pass the time. Here are some of our favourites so far. Learn at home Schools and...

The Bulletin on Bruzz: 22 March

A special edition this week as we discuss the coronavirus shutdown and how you're coping with staying at home. Meabh McMahon from Bruzz International shares her tips on staying at home with two small children Richard Harris reports from downtown Brussels Lisa Bradshaw, editor-in-chief of Flanders...

Buy now, drink later: Calls for help for bars and social restaurants

Brewery Alken-Maes has launched a campaign asking beer drinkers to support their favourite bar during the shutdown of the food and drink sector caused by the coronavirus outbreak. All bars and restaurants are closed until at least 5 April in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The Café-...

Brussels police hand out more than 100 fines for illegal gatherings

They gave everyone a couple of days to get used to the idea, and now the Brussels-Ixelles police zone is handing out fines to people in groups of three or more. They also administered fines today to the owners of non-essential shops who were open despite the ban. On Tuesday evening, the federal...

Chicken run: Belgians panic-buy hens for eggs

Never mind toilet paper and flour. In some parts of rural Belgium, people are panic buying hens. Several poultry breeders in Wallonia have reported a surge in activity in recent days. One, in Bierset near Liège, said customers had cleared out his stock of spring chicks, of all breeds, in just a...

Social distancing: How close is too close?

While police across Belgium have been patient during the first couple of days of the government’s second round of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, they won’t be for long. Agents have been patrolling the streets on foot, breaking up groups of people. “We are approaching people in...

How are you coping with the Belgian shutdown? Contact us if you want to share your experience

You need to spend several weeks mostly at home, limit your contact with the outside world, not see friends or colleagues. It sounds daunting, but you're not alone. We're doing the same - and The Bulletin would love to hear from you. How are you coping with a new way of living and working? How can...

Airlines cancelling all flights to and from Zaventem

Airlines are announcing the cancellation of all or most flights out of and to Brussels Airport in Zaventem. The move is in keeping with the federal government’s recommendation that people not travel abroad because of the coronavirus. Brussels Airlines has cancelled all of its flights to and from...

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