BENIDORM and other favourite British holiday beach areas in the Costa Blanca like the Orihuela Costa have remained shut despite rule changes, as Spain’s Costa de Sol has seen some reopenings.
A relaxation in the State of Alarm isolation laws today (April 26) now allows a parent to take their children, aged 14 and under, for a walk.
A number of areas on the Costa del Sol and in Almeria have used the rule change as a signal for beaches to be used for the family stroll.
However, the Costa Blanca region has been more reluctant to push the button to offer limited beach access under social distancing rules.
The beach closures in Benidorm have continued, whilst the same situation applies to the Orihuela Costa area.
Orihuela officials have poured over the latest Ministerial Order from Madrid allowing walks with children, and they say that the fresh relaxation is “open to interpretation as to whether or not beaches can be included, since the Order made no mention of them at all.”
The council said they would rather be safe than sorry, and because of the current public health risks and issues with safe access to some of the Orihuela Costa beaches, they’d rather wait for further clarification over the next few days.
Other parts of the Costa Blanca took a more liberal attitude, with Santa Pola allowing parents and children to walk on the beaches.