Belgian news snippets for Tuesday 31 March.
Concern is growing for the agriculture sector. Even though people are allowed to cross the border for work (with the permission of their employer or a vignette), in practice, few seasonal workers are finding their way to the fields. "If nothing changes, we will reap nothing this year." A farmer’s union has called for temporary unemployed people to be employed in the fields.
Stores specialising in items for babies and toddlers have been added to the list of essential stores.
The free federal government telephone line 0800 14 689 to answer questions from the public about the coronavirus has already received 150 000 calls. The information line is also available by email at email@example.com.
Proximus has extended free calls to fixed lines and unlimited fixed internet.
Bruxelles Propreté: blue and yellow bags will not be collected for three days.
The animal rights association Gaia has launched a free number 0800 53 335 to receive calls and questions about the welfare of pets during the COVID19 confinement.