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Ten bars and restaurants closed down in police sweep

18:40 02/07/2020

The Brussels South police zone, which covers the municipalities of Anderlecht, Saint-Gilles and Forest, shut down 10 restaurants and bars at the weekend that did not conform to coronavirus regulations. The closures happened during a sweep in response to complaints about late-night noise in several neighbourhoods.

Several people were also arrested during the sweep, which took place in bars, parks and public squares – all of which were mentioned by the nearly 100 people who called in to complain about noise in the neighbourhoods.

“Ten restaurants and bars were immediately closed down that did not conform to rules regarding closing times and were causing a nuisance,” a police spokesperson told Bruzz.

The police also put a stop to a “jam session” in Forest Park, the spokesperson said, “and shut down three private parties”. In total, the police handed out 88 fines and arrested seven people for disorderly conduct and theft.

Another sweep will take place this weekend, said the spokesperson.

Photo ©Christophe Legasse/BELGA

Written by Lisa Bradshaw