As a preventive measure in the fight against Covid-19, Marbella has announced it will close its beaches from midnight to 6am in an effort to discourage drinking parties and gatherings of large groups now that Spain's night curfew has ended.
Although the number of people infected by the virus in the town continues to drop, with a cumulative incidence rate of 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, the health crisis is not over.
So the mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, has announced a contingency plan “with the aim of guaranteeing a good summer season.”
She explained that "the closure of the activity on the beaches has been planned in such a way that it coincides with the closing hours of the bars and restaurants" and has again appealed for people to behave responsibility.
"We are on the cusp of a summer that is looking good and we cannot afford situations that lead to a rebound in the number of infections,” she said.
The announcement coincided with the start of the lifeguard service with a total of 21 people present on 15 beaches, from 11am to 6.30pm at weekends until the high season starts.
"The idea is to have a safe season” and, to do this, she pointed out, "we will have all our troops" including the Civil Protection volunteers and the reinforcement of our Local Police officers.
"As the state of alarm ends and we have to take additional measures," explained the mayor, who added that the closure of the beaches "is in addition to the closure of public parks from 10pm."