FAVOURITE holiday beaches used by UK expats in the Costa Blanca area of Spain are set be reopened for the summer under a newly-drafted plan.
The Valencian government, under President Ximo Puig, will hand over a document to the national government which guarantees that beach goers have a good time, but do so under the most secure safety conditions.
“We have to guarantee the best possible safety rules in this difficult situation,” said Puig, who also described the beaches as “an extraordinary resource for residents” both from “from the tourist point of view” and economically.
Puig held a meeting with senior regional ministers and tourism chiefs to thrash out a protocol for the use of beaches across the Costa Blanca.
The President said afterwards: “The Valencia region has 277 kilometres of beaches and coves, and that’s the highest percentage of any region in mainland Spain. We need to go forward in an appropriate way to get our coast working for us again.”
The protocol suggestions will be included in a document that will be presented next week by the Valencian cabinet and the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality (ICTE), to the Spanish national government.
The plans will address and deal with issues such as possible measures to limit access to beaches; how they will be cleaned and disinfected; and how numbers will be kept to a safe limit at normally busy areas during the summer.
“We’ve put together this package of ideas to make sure that our residents can remain safe whilst going to the beach, but also to put together a framework that all the municipalities can work to,” Puig added.
He went on to state that Spain needed a beach strategy which is why the Valencia region wants to work closely with Madrid, with a flexibility to deal with each local beach depending on the size and circumstances.
Puig reiterated that “we are still in a pandemic situation and therefore if we want to enjoy our beaches safely, we need an arrangement where users share responsibility with us to make sure that all the rules will be followed.”