- The risk due to COVID-19 in the recreational bathing is related to the interaction between people
- It is advisable to limit the capacity of the coastal bathing areas where a large influx of people is expected. To maintain a separation between people and items of beach furniture of at least two metres
- It is recommended to clean and disinfect the different facilities such as the railings, the access steps to the water and the showers, as well as the sun loungers, parasols, seats, litter bins and, in general, urban furniture and recreational facilities.
- There is no scientific information on the ability of the virus to remain infectious in salt water and sand, the joint action of salt in seawater, ultraviolet radiation and the high temperature it can reach are favorable for the deactivation of pathogens.
The Ministry of Health has published a document with recommendations for the opening of beaches and bathing areas to the public. On the beaches, the risks associated with COVID 19 are related to the interaction between people. In continental waters, such as pools, backwaters and freshwater channels with low flow, bathing and recreational uses are not recommended for this 2020 season.
The document, available here on the website of the Ministry of Health , states that there is no scientific information on the ability of the virus to remain infectious in salt water; in addition, salt has been identified as an effective biocidal agent. In the case of sand, the joint action of salt in sea water, solar ultraviolet radiation (UVB) and the high temperature that can reach it are favorable for the deactivation of pathogens.
For all these reasons, the document insists on the need for collective awareness regarding respect for social distancing. Thus, it is advisable to limit the capacity of the maritime bathing areas where a large influx of people is expected. Access to the bathing areas will be carried out respecting social distancing measures, which must be remembered through posters, as well as hygiene regulations.
In addition, attention should be paid to the distance between sun loungers, umbrellas and other elements. For indicative purposes, the shafts of the umbrellas will not be installed at distances less than 4 meters. The beach manager may sector the beach to ensure social distancing.
For their part, people who take walks on the shore will respect at least two meters of social distance.
Each municipality will draw up or update the protocol with all the measures in prevention of occupational risks.
BEACH BARS AND SPORTS AREAS
The establishments that are located on the beach, will need to follow the relevant protocols established for this sector.