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Chefs in Belgium create cemetery out of white jackets to protest lockdown

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Chef jackets were laid down on the streets in Brussels, in Belgium to highlight the impact of Covid19 and resultant lockdown on hotels, restaurants and cafes. Since the global lockdown, the hotel industry has been shut over two months in various parts of Europe.

The white jackets, separated by a stripe of black kitchen tops, were displayed in neat rows to resemble a cemetery in the central Grand Place square. One of the organisers of the protest said that the motive was to show the contribution of the hotel, restaurant and cafe sector to the economy in the country and how it was being impacted by the lockdown.

The sector provides a livelihood to 10% of Belgium’s 11.5 million people and contributes 18 billion euros ($19.4 billion) a year to the economy, the organiser said. The country, that was under a lockdown, has begun easing it with shops allowed to open but no such liberty for restaurants have been provided and they will stay closed till June. However, they are allowed to offer takeaways or delivery services. Some other countries like Switzerland and Germany have also started easing restrictions.