RESIDENTS and holidaymakers in Mojacar will not have to worry about set times for access to the locality’s beaches or limits on how long they can spend swimming and sunbathing this summer.
Commenting on the special measures it has adopted for managing beaches in the new coronavirus risk reality, the council explained that factors like the municipality’s low population density made imposing time restrictions for its 17 kilometres of coastline unnecessary.
Also, unlike some other seaside locations in Spain, Mojacar is not planning to subdivide or section the sand between users, trusting that Civil Protection volunteers and the local police force will be on duty to ensure safety and provide guidance on regulations like social distancing to members of the public.
Measures the local authority is adopting in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic include beefed up cleaning and disinfection of all beach facilities, especially lifeguard modules, public toilets and showers, as well as bus stops.
All beach workers having direct contact with the public will be following strict cleaning and disinfection protocols and will have their temperatures taken with electronic thermometers at the beginning of each shift. The thermometers will also be available to anyone at the beach at the lifeguard modules.
There will be noticeboards at beach entrances with information on social distancing and maximum beach-goer numbers. The information on beach regulations will also be available on the council’s website and social media, and via a mobile phone app.
Mojacar’s beaches reopened to bathers and sunbathers on May 25 when the whole of Almeria province moved in the second phase of the lockdown de-escalation, but as every year, the official bathing season does not begin until June. This year beach services like toilets, first-aid and rescue services will start operating on the 12th of the month.
Among the novelties this summer are new 1.8 metre-side walkways made from a resilient and versatile material on the Marina de la Torre, El Palmeral and Descargador beaches.
Tourism and Beaches councillor Emmanuel Add Form Agüero said the plan was to replace the walkways on the rest of Mojacar’s urban beaches over the next few years.
Shaded areas are being prepared for use by people with reduced mobility, and amphibious chairs and amphibious crutches to assist bathing and movement will be available.
The Mojacar lifesaving service this summer season will be made up of 25 lifeguards, backed up by jet-skis, lifeboats, emergency vehicles and an ambulance until mid-September.