Patients diagnosed with Covid-related stress in Brussels are being prescribed free visits to museums and galleries.
Doctors at Brugmman Hospital are offering visits to five publicly owned sites across the Belgian capital, including its centre for contemporary art, a fashion museum and a museum of the city's sewage system.
“It has been shown that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” Brussels' City Councillor for Tourism Delphine Houba said.
The idea forms part of a three-month pilot scheme designed to bolster mental health during the pandemic.
Inspiration has come from a similar programme in Quebec, Canada, where doctors prescribe up to 50 museum visits a year per patient.