The local government in the Spanish resort town of Benidorm has started drawing up plans to ensure the safety of tourists on its sandy beaches amid the easing of travel restrictions.
The beach town of Benidorm is located in the province of Alicante in the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia. It is one of Spain’s most popular destinations among British holidaymakers as it is on the country’s famous Costa Blanca (White Coast) on the Mediterranean coast.
Officials announced plans to prepare for an influx of tourists in the coming weeks yesterday (24 February)
The news comes with an upcoming bank holiday on 19th March and the Easter holidays, which will coincide with a de-escalation of travel restrictions.
According to an official statement obtained by Newsflash, Benidorm mayor Toni Perez has proposed to expand on a plan called ‘Benidorm Beach Safety Plan’ which was launched last year.
He said: “The model will be extended to guarantee capacity, social distancing, and health and safety while ensuring that people still enjoy the beach.”
The plan proposes to divide the beaches into individual squares measuring four metres in both length and width that will ensure social distancing is maintained between visitors.
If the proposal is approved, the government will hire more staff to ensure the beach restrictions are followed.
Other measures include the suspension of sunbed and hammock renting as well as constant cleaning of the area by staff who will disinfect them in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
The mayor said: “The implementation of these services will show that the city and our beaches are ready for the return of tourists, guaranteeing they can enjoy our beaches while always keeping the health of visitors at the forefront of our plans.”
The town hall is set to vote on the proposal put forward by Perez tomorrow (26 February).
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