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Europeans ask: Will life still be a beach with social distancing?

20 May 2020

SCHEVENINGEN, Netherlands A handful of beach bars at the Dutch coast unpacked their sun beds and started serving cocktails to customers as temperatures soared this week, only for authorities to warn them to stop until June 1 or face steep fines.

Belgian Trappists reopen tap for beer sales as lockdown eases

15 May 2020

WESTVLETEREN, Belgium Belgian Trappist monks who brew one of the world's most coveted beers have reopened for business after a two-month break, though COVID-19 restrictions mean they can only supply local rather than international demand. | Video

Gloved and masked, Belgians head back into shops after lockdown

11 May 2020

BRUSSELS Belgium allowed most of its shops to reopen on Monday with strict hygiene rules for customers, following in the footsteps of Spain in an easing of its eight-week lockdown as the number of COVID-19 cases fall.

Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urged

30 Apr 2020

MOUSCRON, Belgium With potato farmers and processors struggling, Belgians are being urged to eat more fries to offset a slump in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. | Video

Belgian elderly get a lift from cherry-picking platforms

28 Apr 2020

BRUSSELS Residents of a care home in Brussels got the chance to see family members in person for the first time since mid-March on Monday thanks to a raised platform normally used for window cleaning or picking cherries. | Video

Antwerp port trials wristbands for coronavirus social distancing

24 Apr 2020

ANTWERP, Belgium Workers in the port of Antwerp will next month begin testing wristbands developed by a Belgian technology company that could help guarantee the social distancing required during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Video

Belgium's traveller community adjusts to lockdown

17 Apr 2020

Pont-a-Celles, Belgium With travelling the roads a way of life for the Sinti community, Belgian Etienne Charpentier and his family say that having their freedom restricted due to the coronavirus epidemic is hitting them especially hard.

Dutch-Belgian border village left half open, half shut by virus

26 Mar 2020

BAARLE-HERTOG, Belgium/BAARLE-NASSAU, Netherlands Measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus have created an odd situation in a village straddling the Dutch-Belgian border where opposite sides of the road are in different countries.

Gin to disinfectant: Belgian distillery joins fight against coronavirus

21 Mar 2020

WICHELEN A Belgian distillery has switched from producing gin to disinfectants after medical authorities sought additional supplies to cope with coronavirus spreading in the country. | Video

Gin to disinfectant: Belgian distillery joins fight against coronavirus

21 Mar 2020

WICHELEN, Belgium A Belgian distillery has switched from producing gin to disinfectants after medical authorities sought additional supplies to cope with coronavirus spreading in the country. | Video

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