Corona and your holiday by the sea: “Shopping is possible in Ostend. The beach is also freely accessible! ”

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(update of this article on January 21, 2021)

Corona and your holiday by the sea. How is it now? “Renters of holiday homes can pick up food, shop in town and walk for hours on the beach. We recently experienced this during our stay in the city of Ostend.

In this article we answer these 9 questions about the influence of corona on your holiday by the sea in Ostend.

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Corona left its mark on the summer of 2020 on the coast. Even today, there are corona measures to be respected in Ostend.

Nevertheless, we have especially good news for everyone who rents Het Appartement and De Loft.

You can always enjoy the city. The beach and the sea in front of your holiday apartment are also freely accessible!

In this article we list the most important measures of the City of Ostend for you, tenants of one of our apartments.

Enjoy your well-deserved vacation safely!

How to keep a distance to the sea?

Social distancing is mandatory everywhere. Everyone must stay 1,5 meters away preserved with others on the seawall and beach.

For the hot days, Ostend recommends a beach cover. As a guest of Het Appartement you can borrow the beach cover from the garage. You can easily demarcate your own spot. Although other ways of keeping your distance are also allowed.

Ostend is committed to a maximum spread of people across the different beaches. For example, the city provides to allow up to 30.000 people per day on this great stretch of beach on our Belgian coast.

Who has access to the beach of Ostend?

All beaches are freely accessible. You only have to register on the three busiest beaches on absolute peak days between the Sailors Monument and Thermae Palace Hotel.

Those who want to sunbathe, swim and play in front of Het Appartement and De Loft (in summer) do not need to make a reservation. Our beach is not one of the busiest beaches in Ostend.

How should you reserve a piece of beach?

(This applied during the summer of 2020) Registration is and will remain completely free, also for apartment tenants, hotel guests and day tourists. You can register online via or by telephone on a toll-free number.

After registration you will receive an e-ticket that will be scanned at the entrance of the three beaches. 

Who watches over the corona measures?

The police regularly patrol the Zeedijk. They will also be present with a fixed base on the beach.

Beach teams will be active on the beaches. They ensure that everything runs smoothly and act as the first point of contact for questions or problems.

Hygienic facilities such as hand gel will also be available.

Which restaurants are open?

Many Ostend restaurants and snack bars are open. Not that you can dine comfortably and long indoors. You can, however, pick up what you like. Many restaurants deliver meals to the Loft and the Apartment.

We as landlords support the call of the City of Ostend and Economic House to support the local traders and catering. Buy locally! And good.

The restaurants near Het Appartement and De Loft also sell take-away meals. Make it easy on yourself! Look for this on the menus that hang out at the restaurant.

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How to shop in Ostend?

Ostend is more than beach, sea and sun. Shopping is a great activity for many holidaymakers.

Shopping is no problem. You can shop safely again since 11 May. You will be helped by 'shopping stewards', a circulation plan and counting systems. That way you know that there are not too many people in the shopping streets.

A circulation plan applies in the most popular shopping street, Kapellestraat with one-way traffic and subdivision into zones. In sanitary stations, shoppers can wash their hands.

Read more about safe shopping in Ostend here

Where can you find all the corona measures of the City of Ostend?

Before you stay, inform yourself about the measures in force in Ostend. The city of Ostend lists all measures and options on their website.

For all information about corona in Ostend, visit

When can holidaymakers come to the sea?

Anyone who rents a holiday apartment is always allowed on the coast. Things sometimes go less well for day trippers. 

When we posted the first version of this article, we were the second stayers who were allowed to go back to sea for the first time. How we enjoyed it. And we especially saw that there is a lot of space here to enjoy a holiday safely.

Moreover, the local middle class longs for you, holidaymakers, as the best customers in the world!

We are therefore happy with the full opening of the Belgian Coast. Glad that we can pamper you fully again with our luxurious holiday homes on the Zeedijk in Ostend.

See you soon!
Anke and Hans

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