Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
The government in British expat hotspot Andalusia are poised to re-open their 1,000 kilometres of beaches in time for the summer season with new restrictions for beachgoers.
The President of the Regional Government of Andalusia in southern Spain Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla has come out in favour of opening beaches in July and August.
Moreno Bonilla, who is a member of the Spanish conservative People’s Party, suggested in an interview broadcast by national TV channel ‘Tele 5’ opening the around 1,000 kilometres of coastline to beachgoers in July and August following preventive measures to restrain social contact.
Bonilla said: “We will have to establish a series of perimeters and certain metres. Once the capacity is completed we will allow nobody else until there are vaccinations and effective treatment.”
The regional president plans to count on the support of the local police to monitor the beaches and ensure the capacity is respected.
He said he is discussing the best way to open beaches this summer with the hospitality industry and restart economic activity.
He said: “They (the hospitality industry) are willing to certify their premises with cleaning, not only through disinfection but through microbiological cleaning using ozone in hotels and restaurants; they are willing to certify it on a daily basis, which is a guarantee for customers.”
Reports state that the autonomous community of Andalucia has been one of the least affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as there have been 11,689 cases in the region, representing 5.6 percent of the total in the country. The number of deaths is reportedly 1,017, which is 4.7 percent of the national total.
The population of Andalusia represents 18 percent of the total number of people who live in Spain.
According to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University, there have been 204,178 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spain with 21,282 deaths.
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