For the second time this year, Belgium has decided to impose a severe lockdown in the fight against the coronavirus. All non-essential stores will remain closed for six weeks from Monday 2 November.
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The decision to make mouth masks compulsory in all shops is widely supported within the Belgian retail sector, but shopkeepers are not willing to act as policemen and reject sanctions.
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The coronavirus crisis has already cost the Belgian fashion chains some 1.2 billion euros in turnover, trade federation Comeos calculated.
The Belgian supermarkets have jointly announced strict measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. The number of customers that can shop at the same time is reduced, while the protection for store employees is upgraded.
At the start of Belgium's winter sales, 7 % more clothes still need to find a new owner compared to 2018. The warm autumn has stopped people from shopping.
Black Friday, the American shopping festivity that broke every record last year in Belgium, is successful but also controversial. Major chains may reap the benefits, but smaller retailers are beginning to resist the endless discounts.