Beach Bar Owners Worry as They Remain Shut Whilst People Return to Spain’s Costa Blanca Beaches

Beach bar at Punta Prima.

BEACH bar owners have been worrying about the future as they remain shut, whilst people have been allowed to return to Spain’s Costa Blanca South beaches.

The bars, known as chiringuitos, are a popular part of Spanish seaside life, but despite beaches opening for restricted use across parts of the area, there’s no timetable yet for the kiosks to resume trading.

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Chiringuitos del Sol run the franchise for the normally-busy beaches across the Orihuela Costa, and when the State of Alarm began, they posted on social media that they “looked forward to seeing their customers once we get back to normal.”

The area went into Phase 1 of the relaxation of the emergency measures last week, and is scheduled to go into Phase 2 this Monday (May 25).

After reopening five beaches for walking and individual sports, Orihuela Council plans to have all of the beaches on the Orihuela Costa open from this Friday (May 22), with June 8 pencilled in for an extension as to what people can do on them.

That June date might be the earliest possible return for the bar kiosks with appropriate social distancing in place, as Spain seeks to hit what has been described as the “new normal” by the end of next month.


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