By Cathy Elelman • 14 May 2020 • 17:51
ARGUMENT: The Junta points to a scientific report concluding pools are not Covid-19 infection focal points
EXPATS on the Costa del Sol and the Costa Almeria could be taking a dip in swimming pools and the Mediterranean in just weeks, if the Junta de Andalucia gets its way.
The regional government’s Crisis Committee has asked the Health Ministry to allow residential complex and public pools throughout Andalucia which comply with all the necessary health safety criteria to reopen on May 25.
That is the date when if all goes according to plan all of the region’s eight provinces will move into phase two of the lockdown de-escalation. The administration wants beaches opened back up to bathers on the same day.
“There is a report from the CSIC Upper Council of Scientific Investigations which says that swimming pools are not Covid-19 infection focal points due to being chlorinated water, hence we believe that maintaining all the measures it will be possible to open them to the public”, explained Andalucia regional Health Minister Jesus Aguirre.
The Junta has also made some changes in regard to reopening beaches, It has now decided that it will be local councils which will establish the maximum number of people allowed on each of their municipalities’ beaches, taking into account each one’s characteristics. It will also be local authorities which decide on opening and closing times.
At the same time, councils will have to ensure implementation of health measures agreed between the local authorities and the Junta.
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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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