By Cathy Elelman • 30 April 2020 • 17:08
NEW NORMAL: There will be only a third the usual number of sunbeds to allow for social distancing
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POPULAR holiday resort Alcudia is getting ready to reopen its beaches in early June.
The council is aiming to have all beach services up and running by June 8, albeit adapted to the ‘new reality’ of the coronavirus risk situation.
This means only a third of the usual number of sunbeds, which will be well spaced out to guarantee social distancing, and using products to disinfect them, but which will not contaminate the environment.
Councillor Domingo Bonnin pointed out the council is the only one in the Balearic Islands which has historically exploited its beaches directly rather than depending on outside companies. He said the local authority will take on the financial losses from not being able to have more sunbeds and umbrellas as an investment which will allow for ‘the recovery of an image of normality’ even before the archipelago reopens its borders and tourists start to come back.
Bonnin said the cleaning and preparation of the sand will get going on Monday before installing umbrellas, assuming the authorisation is obtained.
The council has ruled out installing screens between sunbeds.
“It would be like going into a roaster,” Bonnin commented.
Instead, the local authority is planning to have the sunbeds at eight metres from each other widthways and 10 metres lengthways.
“We have sufficient space, and we will do it like that, unless new instructions arrive,” he said.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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