Malaga, Fuengirola and Velez will close their beaches from 11pm to 7am to prevent the spread of Covid

A beach in Malaga city. File photograph.
A beach in Malaga city. File photograph. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The Junta de Andalucía has urged coastal municipalities to restrict access to their sands at night if they are at health alert levels 2, 3 or 4

The city council in Malaga has announced that it will close its beaches between 11pm and 7am to prevent the spread of Covid-19, following the recommendations made by the Junta de Andalucía’s Committee of Experts.

The news was announced this Thursday, 22 July, by the councillor responsible for beaches, Teresa Porras, speaking at the opening of a new adapted bathing area, saying that to enforce this new regulation "we will put all the necessary security in place that is needed”.

In Fuengirola, the deputy mayor, Rodrigo Romero announced a similar measure saying, “We are forced to make this decision in view of the current epidemiological situation. Once again, we have to be guided by the recommendations of the experts."

“The pandemic is not over yet and we have to do everything we can to ensure everyone's safety. I ask everyone for a little more patience and a lot of caution." said Romero. To facilitate the work of officers policing these measures, the council will keep beach lights on until 3am.

Vélez-Málaga has also joined the initiative and issued a statement to confirm the closure of it 22 kilometres of coastline, from 11pm – 7am "for any leisure and recreation activity." The town hall “appealed to everyone's personal responsibility, to avoid outbreaks of Covid-19 pandemic,” and said the “awareness and collaboration of all members of the public is essential.”