By Philip Blenkinsop
BRUSSELS – Belgium will let shops reopen from Tuesday, but keep other coronavirus curbs over the festive period, including limits on gatherings over Christmas and a ban on fireworks at New Year, the prime minister said.
Countries across Europe have been battling a second wave of infections, and wrestling with how to keep their citizens safe while allowing them a little relief over the holidays.
“If we loosen too soon, the numbers will shoot up and then it will be very difficult,” Alexander De Croo told a news conference on Friday.
“If we have a third wave, it will be worse than the second and it will be harder to get out of it,” he added.