Saturday 06 June 2020

Day trippers flock to the beach, roads closed in coastal areas

A sign on the beach road to Callantsoog. Photo: Petra Orij

Dutch coastal resorts are taking measures to stop day trippers flocking to the seaside in Thursday’s sunny weather, with some roads being closed to visitors as jams built up on several routes to the beach.

In Noord-Holland, roads to the beaches at Bloemendaal, Heemskerk, Wijk aan Zee, IJmuiden, Castricum and Zandvoort have been closed and local officials have urged people to stay home.

In Vlissingen, the waterfront boulevard has been closed to cars in an effort to ease pressure, and several roads in Zeeland were blocked by heavy traffic, the ANWB motoring organisation said.

In Limburg, local authorities close to the border have urged German visitors to stay away. Ascension Day is traditionally a day when Germans visit the outlet centre in Roermond en masse, broadcaster NOS said.

Beach bars remain closed until June 1 but can offer takeaway services and some are renting out sunbeds despite being told not too.

Beaches are an ideal place to keep 1.5 metres apart, one beach bar owner told the broadcaster.

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