The Mayor of Almuñécar, Trinidad Herrera, issued a municipal edict explaining rules governing the use of beaches come Monday.
1. Beaches will be open from 09:00h to 23:00h. A lifeguard service will be operative from the 12th of June to the 6th of September from 11.00h to 20.00h. Outside the aforementioned opening times for beaches, it is forbidden to remain on the beach, thus allowing cleaning and other maintenance work to take place.
2. Beach goers must avoid forming large groups, maintaining a safety distance at all times of at least two metres, in both the water as well as on the beach. Members of the same family will not have to observe this distance. Where it is impossible to maintain the said safety distance, then surgical masks must be worn.
3. People showing Covid-19-like symptoms must abandon the beach immediately, informing the medical authorities right away.
4. Personal beach possessions such as towels, sun beds, chairs and such like should be set out leaving a space of at least two metres from the nearest neighbour on the beach. Families are exempt when in one group.
5. Beachgoers can participate in water sports on a professional level or simply as a leisure activity, as long as it is individual without physical contact. The set safety distance is required.
6. Jet skis and windsurfers must keep to the approach lanes, or in their absence remain at least 200 metres off shore, keeping to a speed where they can see and react if they come across somebody in the water.
7. Angling is permitted (a fishing licence is obligatory) between 21.00h and 08.00h the next morning. Anglers must respect other beach users when they coincide.
8. Under 14-year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
9. The play-bars etc for children on beaches are out of bounds whilst the health crisis continues.
10. The setting up of tents or camping out is forbidden.
11. Beach pergolas of the Californian kind or any other similar structures are forbidden. Beachgoers can only use beach umbrellas with a maximum of two for family groups. Beach umbrellas planted next to other groups must be at least four meters away measuring from their poles.
12. Beach equipment (towels, umbrellas etc) left unattended; i.e., used to reserve space, will be confiscated.
13. No pets are allowed on the beach, either as company or simply being taken for a walk. The only exception are guide dogs for the blind.
14. Cooking is forbidden on the beach, be it using camping stoves, lighting fires or having a BBQ.
15. All parking or driving on the beach is forbidden.
16. No swimming when a red flag is flying
17. Beach showers can only be used to eliminate salt – the use of soap and gels is forbidden. Only one person at a time can use them, unless the person requires assistance (a child or elderly person, for example).
18. Try not to stay more than four hours on the beach, either in the morning or in the evening.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)