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Covid monitors 'not necessary' on the Costa's beaches this summer

From mid-June to mid-September last year the beach assistants also controlled access and monitored the capacity of the beaches. File photograph.
From mid-June to mid-September last year the beach assistants also controlled access and monitored the capacity of the beaches. File photograph. / JOSELE
  • The Andalusian regional government will not be contracting beach monitors this year 'because we have all become aware of the seriousness and the importance of protecting ourselves and complying with the rules'

Last summer the Andalusian regional government allocated about 24 million euros to hire 3,000 people who were deployed to ensure that coronavirus protection measures were complied with on the beaches.

From mid-June to mid-September the beach assistants also controlled access and monitored the capacity of the beaches.

However, this coming summer, the Junta de Andalucía does not consider this system necessary.

This Tuesday (6 April) the regional government’s spokesperson, Elías Bendodo, said, “We believe that Andalusians are aware and are very responsible when it comes to protecting themselves and continuing to avoid infections. Last year the summer season practically coincided with the first wave and it was necessary that there were assistants to ensure compliance with the rules. This year it will not be necessary because we have all become aware of the seriousness and the importance of protecting ourselves and complying with these rules,” said Bendodo.

Bendodo has also called on the national government to "urgently rectify" its "guideline" to make the use of the face mask mandatory "to sunbathe on the beach”.

Bendodo has argued that governments "must have common sense", and the central executive "cannot be more Pope-like than the Pope and demand that you have to wear a mask to sunbathe".