A line of nearly a kilometer was observed in front of the IKEA store in Zaventem on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, large lines had also formed Rue Neuve, and in other shopping streets in Brussels. In the process, the Crisis Center reminded “not meet in large numbers this Saturday, which would promote the spread of the virus“.
“So, because of the start of the lockdown this Sunday evening, there is a line of almost a kilometer in front of IKEA, in Zaventem“, Indicates, in essence, a user on Twitter. This is because with the closure of non-essential shops on Monday, some Brussels residents want to do a few final shopping in these stores, although they will remain open for delivery and collection.
Queues were also visible outside DIY stores (although they don’t close), furniture, toys, etc. Large lines were also seen in Rue Neuve, which was crowded the day after the announcement of the closure of non-essential businesses.
Yves Coppieters : “That’s all we don’t wanna see“
Asked about these lines in front of certain stores, Yves Coppieters, epidemiologist and professor of public health at the ULB, confided that “these images are scary. That’s all we don’t want to see. Of course, barrier gestures and distance are guaranteed, but in this type of store, when there are people, people cross paths, even though we are still in an enclosed environment.“.
“This is unfortunately the counter-example of what needs to be done now. You have to be able to postpone your shopping in this type of supermarkets, in one or two months. There is very rarely an emergency in buying furniture. People must be reasonable: this weekend must absolutely not be a source of transmission“, He adds.
The crisis center reacts
On Saturday morning, the Federal Crisis Center reacted to this situation, and tweeted that “Some businesses will close on Monday. They may offer a collection or delivery service. We therefore invite you not to meet there in large numbers this Saturday, which would promote the spread of the virus. Take care of yourself and others“.
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