Spain holidays: ‘No eating or playing on beaches!’ Strict rules for tourists on holiday

Spain holidays are set to look very different in the coming months with some regions introducing strict new rules for locals and visiting tourists. From cordoned-off sections of beaches to airport temperature checks, the future of travel to and within the holiday hotspot could look very different. And now it has been revealed that people may not be allowed to eat or play with a ball at some beaches in the country.


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Areas with people laying on towels in roped-off squares will have drones monitoring the cordoned off areas too.

The council of the municipality of Sanxenxo in the province of Pontevedra in the north-western Spanish autonomous community of Galicia has introduced the new regulations.

The new regulations were presented to keep beaches safe.

The new plans will also be put in place from June 26.

According to the local council, visitors to the beaches will not be allowed to eat on the beach or play with a ball.

There will also be a schedule in place for beachgoers.

Visitors will be allowed to go onto the sand from 11am until 9pm.

Exercise will be permitted nearer the entrance of the beach away from the shore until 10pm.

Reports have also said that drones will be flying over regularly that will take photos.

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The photos will then reportedly be shared on social media to update people on how full the beaches are.

The beaches will also reportedly be cleaned every 90 minutes with a phone available for visitors to warm the authorities about parts of the beach that are looking worse for wear.

Disabled people and the elderly will also reportedly be allowed their own areas of beaches.

Back in May, the local council introduced a social distancing system which will allow people to sunbathe in a roped-off square so that human-to-human contact remains minimal.

The roped-off squares also mean that capacity on beaches could be halved.

The social-distancing rules were created to ensure tourists’ safety as the country prepares for the summer season after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mayor of Sanxenxo Telmo Martin presented the project at Silgar beach, one of the most popular in the municipality.

Photos show how the beaches will be designed to divide the beach into 780 square ‘patches’ divided among five zones with a capacity of between 1,560 and 2,340 people.

This is around 50 percent less than the highest capacity reached last year.

The photos also show pathways between the sections where people will have to walk to get to the sea.

Each section looks as though it will have an umbrella and room for towels or two deckchairs.

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