Mr Dedecker is in quite a furious mood. He’s livid because the hospitality industry is only being allowed to reopen in May at the earliest. “This is a catastrophe for the coast” insists the mayor. Pointing to Easter he says, “This is the fourth holiday after Christmas and two half-term breaks that hospitality will miss out on. It’s the only economic motor that we possess.”
Once the pavement terraces and beach bars are in place Mr Dedecker intends to ask the Flemish and Belgian premiers for a reaction, when they see the large crowds sitting on benches that have not been disinfected and beach bar and terrace furniture that is standing idle. Clearly, interesting time ahead.