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Brussels’ pedestrian centre without restaurant terraces

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The City of Brussels has declared about removal of all restaurant terraces within historic city centre – including the Rue des Bouchers, Petite Rue des Bouchers and Rue de la Fourche. The measure came into effect on 1 November.
For many years, restaurant tables packed into the narrow streets and the waiters intent on attracting customers. For some years now, it has been illegal to tout for customers; it does still happen, albeit in a less aggressive manner than before.
The city council has decided only to allow terraces in the summer, as the terraces hinder access of emergency vehicles. For the same reason, Brussels-City mayor Yvan Mayeur banned all awnings earlier this year.
“We do not agree with this decision, but we have to respect it,” said Renato Serra, head of the organisation of local businesses. “If not, there are fines of €250 to €100,000 hanging over us.”

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