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Wolf food market temporarily closes 'to see how Covid evolves'
Brussels' vast indoor food hall, Wolf, has closed its doors "for a few weeks", in light of the coronavirus situation.
The 3,000m² Wolf food market opened last December in a former bank on Rue Fossé aux Loups, with an on-site micro-brewery, chocolatery, organic market and 17 restaurants.
Before coronavirus struck, the venue had been an instant success to the point that at peak times admission had to be regulated.
On its Facebook page, Wolf said: "We are closing temporarily, a few weeks at most, enough time to see how Covid evolves."
Wolf founder Thierry Goor said it had been "a very difficult decision to take", but added: "We will come back, better, with several surprises."
A spokesperson for My Tannour, one of the restaurants on site, said: "We'd rather close than stay half open. With the current measures, it's very complicated."
Wolf has an indoor dining capacity of 800 where diners could freely mingle, with most restaurants providing counter service.
Since restaurants were allowed to reopen in June, the venue has had to adapt to new rules, which require table service and safe distancing among customers.
Further measures were introduced last week, including a compulsory register of all customers for contact-tracing purposes.