Summer is just around the corner and with the arrival of good weather, there are many who yearn to return to the beach. At the moment, walks along the promenades and swimming in open water are allowed in certain time bands, depending on the autonomous community, although regular bathers wonder what the beaches will be like in summer.
It is clear that everything will be different. It is no longer worth going into the sand and stretching the towel under an umbrella. Certain rules will have to be met.
They have already clarified that it is very difficult to get covid-19 from bathing in the sea. With more than 3,500 beaches spread over 8,000 kilometers of coastline, Spain has kilometer-long sandbanks on various coasts.
However, to be able to enjoy the beaches without sporting pretensions it will be necessary to wait until phase 3.
Since Monday, many municipalities in the country have reopened their beaches for people to walk and do sports (which includes swimming or surfing). But to be able to enjoy them in summer mode, without sporting pretensions, you will have to wait until phase 3 of the de-escalation, the last one before the “new normal”.
That time has not yet a date, but some general guidelines do: until a coronavirus vaccine is discovered, the authorities stress that we will have to change many habits and be disciplined in keeping a safe distance with those people with whom we do not live. at home. Also on the beach: sea water is not a risk, crowds are.
Although half of the country will continue on Monday in phase 0 of lack of confidence, with the summer season on the doorstep, those responsible for the beaches, the municipalities, are already thinking about how to organize the sandbanks. Many prefer to wait for more precise instructions from the health authorities, or even to know whether or not it will be necessary to invest in new equipment or infrastructure.
Others are already clear on how to organize themselves: the most popular solution will be to divide the sand into grids, some think of segmenting the beaches for different uses and users, several will turn their lifeguards into vigilantes of the “social distance”, some will install artificial intelligence sensors that will mark a traffic light that can be consulted from the mobile phone, and even thought has been given to systems for prior reservation of the plot and time.
In Andalusia, the beach user will be able to know the degree of saturation of each area thanks to this system through a free “app”, with a color code: green (available), yellow (75% already occupied) and red (It has reached 100% and does not admit more people).
Also in Malaga, Vélez has acquired machinery to mark the use squares of the beach on the sand.
In Mallorca they measure the capacity of their beaches to preserve social distance
Calvià, in Mallorca, participates in the beach working group created by the Secretary of State for Tourism to harmonize measures throughout the Spanish coastline. At the same time, your city council is defining the capacity of its beaches, both in the areas with hammocks and in the “free” areas, and is studying how to mark the safety distances in both areas. In service areas, it has a 4.4 meter distance between umbrellas and a similar separation between areas for each person or family unit.
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria they want to implement a monitoring system that warns neighbors when the beach capacity is reached
Separated by age
In Lloret de Mar (Girona), the second most important tourist destination in Catalonia and one of the most popular in Spain, the Town Hall plans to divide its two main beaches, Lloret and Fenals, the most popular, into three sectors: groups of elderly, families and adults without children, all with limited capacity.
In the elderly sector, users will be couples or single people who will have a double gangway to facilitate mobility and an assisted bathroom service that will require prior reservation. The one for families will pay special attention to physical distance both in the sand and in the water and in both spaces there will be surveillance teams, while the children’s play area will have a reinforced cleaning protocol.