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Brussels, Aug 12 . .- The city of Brussels will force its citizens to wear a mask at all times while they are in public places or in private areas accessible to the public, with exceptions for athletes or workers who they are making a physical effort outside.
The office of the minister president of the Belgian capital, Rudi Vervoort, justifies this measure, which will be applied to all people over 12 years of age, as the weekly average of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been exceeded.
In the country as a whole, around 600 people have been infected each day in the week of August 2 to 8, which represents an increase of 12% compared to the previous seven days.
Until now, the mandatory use of a mask in the capital was applied only in the historic center of the city and in certain busy streets or commercial areas.
People who are practicing sports, doing intense physical work on public roads or who cannot wear a mask due to a disability are exempt from this rule. In the latter case, the mask can be replaced by a face shield.
The police will increase their street controls to monitor compliance with these new regulations.