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Coronavirus rule changes mean Belgians can get a haircut, see an elephant

Hairdressers in Belgium can reopen from February 13 as part of a loosening of coronavirus restrictions, the government announced Friday.

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According to the new measures, there must be a 10-minute gap between customers to allow for the workspace to be cleaned and disinfected. Home visits are still not allowed and hairdressers can work by appointment only.

Other so-called contact businesses, such as beauticians, nail salons and massage parlors, can open from March 1.

“The Consultation Committee [which signs off on any new measures] is fully aware that physical care plays an important role in how we feel,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a statement. “It is an important element that should help us get through these difficult months.”

With hair safely out of their eyes, Belgians will also be able to go to the zoo from February 13. Holiday parks and campsites will be able to open again from February 8. Real estate agents will be allowed to show people around prospective new homes from February 13. 

According to De Croo, the situation in Belgium is a “mixed picture” with the number of coronavirus infections steadily increasing since December but the number of hospital admissions and deaths falling slightly.

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