The Belgian coastal cities of Blankenberge and Knokke-Heist are going to ban day visitors. The mayors of both places have decided after several incidents on the beaches. Due to the hustle and bustle of the past few days, it is difficult for visitors to comply with the corona measures. There have also been fights. “To guarantee public safety, day-trippers can no longer visit Knokke-Heist for the time being,” says the mayor of the coastal town.
Police checkpoints are being set up in Blankenberge and the mayor has asked the railway company NMBS not to allow trains to run to the city between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. People who want to visit the beach must be able to prove that they live in the place, have booked an overnight stay or must be there for work. Knokke-Heist asks the same from day trippers.