Brecht Ingelbeen, Laurène Peckeu, Marie Laga, Ilona Hendrix, Inge Neven, Marianne AB van der Sande, Esther van Kleef
Eurosurveillance. Volume 26, Issue 7, 18/Feb/2021
To evaluate the effect of physical distancing and school reopening in Brussels between August and November 2020, we monitored changes in the number of reported contacts per SARS-CoV-2 case and associated SARS-CoV-2 transmission. The second COVID-19 pandemic wave in Brussels was the result of increased social contact across all ages following school reopening. Physical distancing measures including closure of bars and restaurants, and limiting close contacts, while primary and secondary schools remained open, reduced social mixing and controlled SARS-CoV-2 transmission.