Stewards wearing face masks help people keep the minimum safety distance among each other and stay in the correct direction as they walk along a one-way commercial pedestrian street in the North Sea coastal resort city of Oostende, Belgium, 21 May 2020.
Although Belgium’s beach towns remain closed off to tourists, owners of a second home or tenants with rental contracts of over a year are now allowed to again visit their residences there, starting on 21 May.
The restrictions on tourists were imposed in a bid to slow down the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the pandemic COVID-19 disease.
Usually, the long weekend prompted by the Christian holiday of Ascension Day sees more than 50,000 beachgoers flock to Oostende, but the pandemic has radically changed all that. Temperatures in the area are expected to reach 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit); the beaches, however, will remain empty.