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The Costa del Sol’s gym and sports club owners ready their facilities with new measures to continue business as soon as Spain’s lockdown is over

The Costa del Sol’s gym and sports club owners ready their facilities with new measures to continue business as soon as lockdown is over

OWNERS of hotels, gyms, spas and sports clubs are preparing for their own particular de-escalation. It is the pools, one of the maximum attractions of the summer. As in other circumstances, it will not be a usual summer in Spain, they are already looking at limited capacity and three tests a day.

The regulations for the use of these facilities must be detailed by the government and until the BOE approves it, nothing will be official.

Access to bathing areas and exit will also have specific guidelines, the minimum recommended distance of two metres should be maintained and there will be hydrogel dispensers before you even reach the footbath.

Goodbye to the use of deck chairs or hammocks to avoid possible contagion.

Manuel Calderón, president of the Real Club El Candado, already has a plan for seating.

“We are going to allow the member to come with a chair from their house,” announces Calderón. The club, which has 600 member families, will also cover outdoor showers so that members can also lather up outside and thus minimise contact with changing rooms. There will also be availability of plastic gloves, such as those usually found in supermarkets, for products from vending machines. “But when can we open? Of course, it depends on the government. The normal thing would be to do it on June 1, but we are prepared for when it can be done,” explains Calderón.

The president of the College of Property Administrators of Malaga, Alejandro Pestaña, is clear that in the communities of owners it will be necessary to establish shifts for swimming pools “but this will take time to resolve: it does not seem that until the end of June there will be community meetings.”

The shifts will be “controversial” as if someone arrives in your community at 7.30pm from work and their assignment of free time is at 12.30am. “How do you tell older people that they can’t go to the pool because they are vulnerable?”

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