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Beer Flows in Brussels as Local Covid Rules and Border Measures Fall

While the global trend is toward opening back up, a handful of places facing rising case numbers are cracking down again 

The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.

The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.

Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency

On a recent weekend in Brussels, the city’s sidewalk cafes were packed with French- and English-speaking guests. Popular restaurants were booked until late in the evening. And the country’s famous beers were pouring freely in its many bars.

In places around the world where travelers have been locked out by border rules and local health prohibitions, Covid-19 travel restrictions are starting to fall. The bustling scene in Brussels is backed up by data showing that border measures are easing just as many cities are beginning to loosen local rules, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg News.