Belgian bluebells are too beautiful to see during pandemic

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — When nature is at its brightest this year, some of it needs to be hidden from sight because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parks and woods in Belgium are a riot of color and scents in springtime, some so magnificent they would draw far too thick a crowd to allow for social distancing. So some of them are closed, or parking lots are off limits and non-locals are banned. The extraordinary measures are felt deeply in the Hallerbos forest south of Brussels, where in a good year some 100,000 tourists come to gaze in wonder at the explosion of bluebells under the beech trees.