Coastal towns across Spain are introducing new beach rules and regulations for both local and international holidaymakers after de-escalation, so they can enjoy the country’s beaches safely, and avoid the risk of Covid-19 contagion.
ALTHOUGH certain rules and regulations vary according to province/region, there are some rules that apply to all regions. Not adhering to some of the new beach restrictions could result in fines of up to €3,000. Here are some of the new beach rules that must be observed to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Beach-goers must practise strict personal hygiene. Shower before and after going to the beach, and ensure that all beach accessories and beachwear are clean. Individuals must ensure one towel per person.
- It’s also vital keep your hands clean, avoid touching the nose and mouth and swallowing water. Footwear, such as flip flops, are compulsory to use toilet facilities and communal wash areas.
- Safe distances of around 2.5 metres must be maintained between umbrellas, towels and people to avoid contagion. Remember to place parasols/umbrellas at least six metres from the sea, to avoid fines.
- No group sports such as volleyball or football are allowed, nor are games, such as tag, or beach tennis. Lilo and water toys for water recreation are also prohibited.
- Do not bathe/swim in prohibited areas.
6. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
7. Families/individuals are advised to spend no more than four hours on the beach, either in the morning or afternoon to avoid overcrowding.
8. Use bags to store waste, ensuring they are closed and disposed of properly in the rubbish bin (on the beach) or waste container (in the street). Fines will be issued for not disposing of face masks/gloves properly.
- Beach patrol/life-guard instructions must be obeyed.
- Bringing an animal to the beach is prohibited.
- Beach BBQs, night gatherings and parties are also prohibited.
- Stay home if you have Covid-19 or flu like symptoms.
- Pay special attention to the information posters about Covid-19 as regulations and rules may vary, according to different regions/provinces.