Belgian coastal towns keep day tourists out after ‘dozens of incidents’ | Abroad

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Leopold Lippens, Mayor of Knokke-Heist: “Dozens of incidents, both during the day and at night, mean that the municipal council feels compelled to take drastic measures. In order to guarantee public safety, day trippers can no longer visit Knokke-Heist for the time being. ”

Large-scale checks will take place from Sunday, which will inevitably result in long traffic jams, the municipality warns. “All vehicles will be checked. Anyone who does not have a valid reason to be in Knokke-Heist must immediately turn around. All occupants must therefore be able to prove that they live, stay overnight, or work in Knokke-Heist. ”

It was also busy at Scheveningen:

Brawl

In the aftermath of the massive fight on the beach of Blankenberge, the seaside town is taking strict measures. Saturday at the end of the afternoon, dozens of rioters confronted the police. Mayor Daphné Dumery wants to ban as many day trippers as possible from Blankenberge on Sunday. In addition, Blankenberge wants no more trains to arrive between 9 am and 4 pm.

Only residents, people with a holiday home and overnight tourists are welcome in Blankenberge on Sunday. The police will set up checkpoints along the approach roads. “So anyone who comes to Blankenberge will have to have a valid reason to gain access to the city. With this measure we try to restore peace, ”said the mayor.

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