Visits limited to famed floral tourist attraction Hallerbos Forest

Local authorities are limiting visitor numbers here

Location: Hallerbos Forest, Belgium

due to concerns over social distancing.

100,000 people usually flock to see its carpet of bluebells every year.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) MICHEL BLAUSE (52) FROM LIEGE, SAYING: "I was lucky enough not to be working today and when I saw the weather forecast I thought it was really the opportunity to come to take pictures. I really like taking pictures, so it was a good opportunity to come. And the location is really amazing."

Authorities have closed car parks and canceled buses

and the mayor asked visitors to visit during the week if possible.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) CERISE (29) FROM NAMUR, SAYING: "I brought my mask and when there are too many people around me I put it on, it think it's possible. At the same time I think it's a bit complicated these days. There are not many things we are allowed to do apart from walking in nature, because there are no restaurants, no bars... If they also start closing natural areas it would become very complicated psychologically. So I think places like these should stay open. It's good to keep up the spirit."

Video Transcript

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INTERPRETER: I was lucky enough not to be working today. And when I saw the weather forecast, I thought it was really the opportunity to come to take pictures. I really like taking pictures, and the location is really amazing.

- [NON-ENGLISH]

INTERPRETER: I brought my mask, and when there are too many people, I put it on. I think it's doable. At the same time, I think it's a bit complicated during this period. There's not many things that we are allowed to do apart from walking in nature, because there are no restaurants, no bars. If they also start closing natural areas, it would become very difficult psychologically. So I think places, like these, should stay open. It's good to keep up the spirit.