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Belgians adapt to compulsory face masks along North Sea coast

28 Jul 2020

OSTEND, Belgium There could be no one around but the wind and the sea, but wherever you go along Belgium's coast this summer you had better wear a mask.

Belgians holiday in trees as COVID-19 prompts staycations

09 Jul 2020

BORGLOON, Belgium Rather than take a summer holiday abroad during the coronavirus pandemic, some Belgians are trying a novel camping experience at home, spending a night in a tear drop-shaped tent hanging from a tree. | Video

Belgian retirement home offers 'hug curtain' for safe embrace

02 Jul 2020

PERUWELZ, Belgium Residents of a Belgian retirement home are able to soothe the pain of social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing their loved ones through a 'hug curtain'.

Matonge, an African home in Brussels

29 Jun 2020

BRUSSELS While Belgians confront their colonial past in the wake of global protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody, a neighbourhood in Brussels seen by some as a haven for Black citizens is gearing up for a big celebration.

Belgian police protest against denigration of their job

19 Jun 2020

BRUSSELS Around 350 Belgian police officers protested in Brussels on Friday saying they were tired of constant criticism and being "spat on" in public after demonstrations against police racism and brutality in the United States turned global.

Brussels adds George Floyd memorial to large mural collection

18 Jun 2020

BRUSSELS Brussels added to its large collection of murals on Thursday with a newly commissioned work in memory of African-American George Floyd, whose killing by police has sparked global protests against racism and police violence.

Working from home in lockdown, Belgian man 'walks' 1,500 km

12 Jun 2020

GHENT, Belgium Yves Hanoulle has been working from home throughout Belgium's coronavirus lockdown, but he has still managed to walk about 1,500 km (930 miles) by pacing through each day on a treadmill installed under his desk. | Video

Belgian aged 103 walking marathon to raise funds for COVID-19 research

10 Jun 2020

ROTSELAAR, Belgium A 103-year-old Belgian doctor is walking a marathon around his garden in daily stages to raise money for research into the new coronavirus, inspired by a centenarian who became a hero in Britain for clocking up the charity miles with a walking frame. | Video

Drought adds to Belgian farmers' coronavirus misery

29 May 2020

BRUSSELS As coronavirus lockdowns disrupt food supply chains and shuttered restaurants curb demand for some of their produce, Belgium's farmers are grappling with another crisis - drought.

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

21 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.

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