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Knokke tells beach-goers to dress properly around town
The posh Belgian seaside resort of Knokke is taking a tough stance against visitors wandering around town in their swimwear.
Signs have been painted on 20 pavements with a line marked "dress code". On the beach side of the white line, bikinis, swimming shorts and flip-flops are welcome.
On the other side, visitors should be covered up with a shirt or dress and wearing proper shoes.
Town councillor Anthony Wittesaele told De Standaard: "Some people have obviously not been educated enough to understand that you do not parade around Lippenslaan [the main street] with no shirt on, in a swimsuit and flip-flops."
No one will be stopped by police or fined for ignoring the guidelines - but they might attract some odd looks. "It's not compulsory," Witteseaele said. "Knokke is not elitist, but we want to maintain standards."
Photo courtesy Guido Van De Ven/De Standaard