By Cathy Elelman • 30 July 2020 • 11:00
REASSURANCE: “People with functional diversity can make use of our coast with all the health and hygiene guarantees and measures”, the Beaches councillor commented
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Adra
ADRA council says accessibility to its beaches is guaranteed this summer thanks to four areas for people with reduced mobility or functional diversity.
The San Nicolas, Sirena Loca, El Carboncillo and El Censo beaches have especially adapted and equipped areas, with human resources to assist beach-goers and walkways leading down to the sea.
Commenting during a visit to the adapted areas this week, Beaches councillor Eliza Fernandez explained that due to the Covid-19 situation the assisted bathing assistance service has been reinforced this year and is being run in collaboration with the Civil Protection personnel.
“Despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, people with functional diversity can make use of our coast with all the health and hygiene guarantees and measures”, she stressed.
Adra’s beach contingency plan aimed at keeping its coast infection-free have meant measures like all toilet modules except those for people with diverse functionality remain closed to the public and the 23 walkways usually used by hundreds of beach-goers every day have been removed.
Fernandez expressed the hope that everything will be back to normal next summer, but cautioned, “for this we have to act responsibility and respected the measure directed at bringing the pandemic to an end as soon as possible.”
Both the Beaches councillor and Functional Diversity councillor Patricia Berenguel highlighted the fact the measures adopted by the local authority are recognised in the FAAM Almeria Federation of Associations for the Disabled’s Accessibility Guide.
Adra’s beaches also have ADEAC Environmental and Consumer Education recognition, Q for Quality certification and Blue Flags, the councillors pointed out.
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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.
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