Large crowds expected at Belgian coast for second weekend in a row
Thursday, 18 February 2021
Large crowds are expected at the coast for the second weekend in a row, due to the warm weather predicted.
The coastal towns were busy on Valentine’s weekend. For example, most hotels in Ostend were fully booked, according to the regional Krant van West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders Newspaper). Besides Valentine’s Day, the end of the sales period and the start of the Carnaval holiday were factors as well, according to the regional.
Now, due to the expected warm weekend, West Flanders’ tourist service Westtoer is calling on people to consult the barometer showing how busy it is in each town in real time. That barometer can be found here.
The coastal towns have made face masks mandatory on the sea dyke, in built-up areas, in buildings accessible to the public, markets and container parks during the Carnaval holiday, according to Focus – WTV.
In addition, every town has its own specific rules to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
West Flanders has had an incidence of 279 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks, which is higher than the incidence at a national level (241.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), and saw 1,517 new cases in the past week.