“It’s definitely not going to be a summer like other years,” he added on Twitter.
The Governor of West Flanders, Carl Delauwé, had called on mayors to take steps to limit the number of visitors on beaches as much as possible and to provide sufficient space for them to spread out as much as possible.
“We don’t want to be the cause of a possible flare-up of the virus,” Vandenberghe said, adding that the small stretch of the nude beach would also make it difficult to enforce social-distancing rules.
In 2018, an effort to create a second nude beach in Belgium ran into some resistance as Flemish nature organisations argued that the “subsidiary activities” of some beach-goers who got busy in Bredene’s dunes would frighten the area’s natural wildlife.
The Belgian Federation of Naturism, strong of some 8,000 members, said that they regretted such behaviour “which had nothing to do with naturism,” The Guardian reports.