Safety first. After postponement from May to August, The Belgian Pride has now decided to cancel the parade. Coronavirus countermeasures make it impossible. “There are just too many uncertainties.”
Early 2020 AD. Danny and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
All retail stores and shops are scheduled to reopen on Monday 11 May after almost two months of lockdown, quarantine or confinement.
On Friday 24 April the National Security Council of Belgium held a much awaited press conference on deconfinement. A French word for the exit strategy out of coronavirus countermeasures.
The Antwerp Queer Arts Festival is still planning its 2020 edition. Belgium prohibits mass events until the 31st of August but you can hardly call the niche, arty farty happenings of AQAF “mass events”.
“44,000 thanks to everyone who participated in the first COVID-19 health interview survey! Today we launched our second study, which focuses on our lifestyle and well-being during the current crisis. Once again we rely on a massive participation of the citizens”, writes Sciensano.
I visited Oslo on two occasions, first on a weekend city trip with Glenn in 2011 and a second time when making my big rail trip around Scandinavia in 2012. On both occasions I fell in love with the city and it certainly would not be a punishment to visit again.
January and February 2020 AD. Timothy and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
2020 ís getting cancelled. The posh seaside town of Knokke-Heist in Belgium will host no events this year. The reason is obviously coronavirus COVID-19.
At this point, Antwerp Pride is still looking at taking place on 5 tot 9 August 2020. Coronavirus COVID-19 or not, firm preparations are still far away.