Bars and cafés in Brussels must close for a month, the regional government said on Wednesday. The capital city has an infection rate more than twice as high as the national average, at 502.4 cases per 100,000.
The number of hospital admissions has also increased, with 15 percent of intensive care beds now occupied. There is also a ban on the public watching amateur sporting events indoors.
On Tuesday the Belgian national government ordered bars and cafes to close by 23:00. In addition, no more than four people can congregate, indoors or outside.
In Scotland the ban is partial and applies to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of central Scotland.
The new rules will come into affect on Friday at 18:00, for a duration of 16 days, with all pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes operating on a daytime-only basis internally, closing at 18:00, and for the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks only. Alcohol can be served outside until 22:00.
A waiter wearing a face mask is seen at a restaurant on Brussels’ Grand Place square, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Belgium, October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman