The kingdom imposes a general confinement from this Wednesday noon until April 5 to restrict the movement of people. As with its neighbors, the objective is to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The kingdom imposes a general confinement from this Wednesday noon until April 5 to restrict the movement of people. As with its neighbors, the objective is to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

(DH with .) – After Italy, Spain, Luxembourg and France, it is the turn of Belgium to enter confinement from this Wednesday, March 18 in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. Belgians’ trips will therefore be limited to visits to supermarkets, pharmacies and banks or for emergencies, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Tuesday at a press conference. Belgium reported 185 new cases of coronavirus contamination on Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,243 people affected. And ten people died.

The European Commission proposed on Monday to introduce a ban on entering its territory to nationals from countries outside the EU. But Ursula von der Leyen intends to guarantee the crossing of EU citizens’ borders.

Gathering of people will be prohibited, but physical activities, such as walking or cycling, will be allowed outside, provided that a distance of 1.5 meters is maintained between people. People can always go to the supermarket, doctor, pharmacy, bank or post office, to refuel their car or to help people in need. Supermarkets will have to limit the number of people in stores at the same time.

A certificate to cross the border

A document to cross the Belgian-Luxembourg border has been put in place for Belgian cross-border workers. Like French and German cross-border workers, Belgians working in Luxembourg will also benefit from a pass to go to their place of work. “Thus, on presentation of this certificate, cross-border workers residing in Belgium will be exempt from the restrictions on border crossings between Belgium and Luxembourg, “said the Minister of State. The certificate can be downloaded at this link.

All businesses should use telework wherever possible. When this is not possible, companies will have to keep their staff at a distance from each other. As a reminder, the Belgian government has already closed since last Saturday schools, cafes, restaurants, gymnasiums and even cinemas.

In addition, Brussels Airlines will suspend its flights from Saturday. The police will ensure that the containment measure is applied. Companies that fail to comply will face heavy fines.

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Germany slows border crossing

Germany will block all traffic from Switzerland and Austria. French border workers will be able to pass. Luxembourg currently does not fall under the restrictions put in place as of Monday.

Belgians deprived of schools, cafes and restaurants

Even discotheques will be ordered to close in Belgium in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, all gatherings are canceled “regardless of their size and nature”.

Luxembourg attracts French cross-border workers

The number of residents of the Grand Est region working in the Grand Duchy doubled between 1999 and 2015, according to an INSEE study published on Tuesday. The country is far ahead of Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.

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