The target numbers for a relaxation of restrictions are 800 new infections and 75 hospital admissions per day. At current rates of decline, that's only three or four weeks away. One can expect a blip for Christmas, I suspect, but people are getting the message that this isn't going to be a big party season.
And the news of vaccines in the last couple of weeks does seem to be turning things around. POLITICO last night ran a very interesting piece mapping out how the USA will return to normalcy over the next year. Similar pieces could by now be written about every country. Prime Minister De Croo announced today that (assuming the EU approves) vaccination will start in Belgium on 5 January. As an over-50, but with no underlying health problems other than corona kilos (as my doctor tactfully put it), I don't expect to be first in the queue but I don't expect to be last either. So travel may become a thing again, perhaps even by Eastercon time.
Work continues remotely. After a slack couple of weeks, several things have come in over the last few days which kept me very busy and working late into the evening - which feels a bit weird when you've been at home all day anyway. I have another scheduled meeting in-person with a Brussels-based diplomat next week, which again I'm unreasonably excited about.
Meanwhile I did manage to see B with Anne the other day, and we took her to the Gardens of Hoegaarden, where she has a special love for the bust of the late King Boudewijn/Baudouin.