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Labour Day: What’s open in Belgium today?

Labour Day is the annual workers’ holiday which celebrates the achievements of the labour movement. Every year, many shops and businesses close for the day.

With 1 May falling on a Monday this year, many will take the opportunity to extend their weekend.

As with other public holidays, public and administration services, such as postal services, will not operate on 1 May, and neither will banks.

Some Carrefour Express shops will be open, as well as some of Delhaize’s smaller Shop’n’Go markets, but only for reduced weekend hours. Aldi, Lidl and Colruyt will remain mostly closed.

Most regular shops will be open during the weekend (including on Sunday) but will remain closed on Monday. Still, various convenience stores may remain open, depending on the choices made by their independent shop owners.

Most pharmacies will remain closed, but for urgent needs and medication, people can contact the pharmacist-on-duty in their municipality.

Belgium’s national railway service, SNCB, as well as bus service De Lijn and Brussels public transport STIB, will continue to operate, but at a reduced Sunday service schedule.

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