No Customers: Belgian Restaurant serves to Mannequins

A Belgian restaurant owner near Brussels says she misses her customers so much since her restaurant was forced to close last October under coronavirus laws, she has replaced them with mannequins.

Therese Mahieu began serving glasses of red wine to dummies with wigs, hats, and scarves sitting at the bar this week in protest against Belgium’s COVID-19 measures.

The dummies, made of balloons, give her a sense of community that has been lost at restaurant Chez Therese in the town of Rixensart, in Brussels’ commuter belt, since clientele were barred from entering to prevent COVID-19 infections.

While Belgium has yet to see a surging third wave of coronavirus cases, the home of the European Union and NATO has one of the world’s highest per capita COVID-19 death tolls.

Non-essential trips in and out of Belgium are prohibited from Wednesday 27 January to Monday 1 March 2021. The travel ban will be monitored for road, air, sea, and rail traffic.

Anyone traveling to or from Belgium are required to carry a sworn statement. A form will be made available by the Minister of the Interior. The sworn statement must be linked to the Passenger Locator Form and supported by the necessary documents.


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