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Andalusian government's beaches plan would cut numbers of users by half in some areas

Andalusian government's beaches plan would cut numbers of users by half in some areas
/ ÑITO SALAS
  • The proposed new regulations aim to guarantee a distance of two and a half metres between sunbathers

The regional government has approved a plan of urgent measures to ensure safety and hygiene on beaches in Andalucía to protect bathers from Covid-19.

The proposal involves reducing the normal number of people on beaches to between 40% and 50%, ensuring a distance of two and a half metres between sunbathers, explained the regional president Juanma Moreno in an interview on Antena3 television on Monday morning.

He added that the Local Police and the 61 town halls whose municipalities have beaches in the region would play a "very important role" in controlling the number of people on a beach, something that "has never been done before in Andalucía".

"We're looking for imaginative formulas to allow safe distances to be maintained while people can enjoy bathing with maximum guarantees [of safety]," he said.

Town halls would be responsible for daily cleaning of facilities close to the beaches. The authorities would also call on "individual responsibility" of individuals as "they must know that this is a special year and so behaviour must be different". He added that there would be no more playing bat and ball or group games.

The regional plan will now be passed on to the central government which has to approve Covid-19 regulations during to the state of alarm.

The Junta has also asked for beaches to be reopened for bathers in Phase 2 of the easing of restrictions, which could be as early as 25 May, instead of Phase 3 which doesn't start before 8 June.