Belgian beer lovers are being encouraged to support their favorite locals by buying one drink for the price of two, as bars and restaurants prepare to reopen next week after more than two months of lockdown.

The initiative has been dubbed ‘Helpy Hour’ and was designed to help the country’s struggling hospitality industry recover economically following the forced closure of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I don’t think the Belgians will be happy to see their beloved cafes disappear,” President of the Federation of Belgian cafes Diane Delen said. “It’s a temporary measure that will help avoid an avalanche of bankruptcies.”

When restaurants and bars reopen on Monday, tables will be spaced at least 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) apart, with a maximum of 10 people allowed per table and waiters will have to wear face masks. Ordering and drinking at the bar will not be possible.

Source: NBC News

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