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Flat communities warn they can’t cope with pool openings under phase two 

Community committees across Spain have warned they will not be able to cope with pool openings next week.

From Monday, most parts of Spain will be
allowed to open their swimming pools again but with major conditions, including
constant cleaning and disinfecting , strict social distancing whereby bathers
should stay apart by two metres and a 30 per cent occupation limit in the
water.  

Hotels say they will just about be able to
cope as they have staff and lifeguards available to police the pools but owners
of thousands of apartment blocks say it is going to be impossible.

The committees of these private communities
have joined forces to protest, saying they won’t be able to control capacity or
meet the other demands.

In a letter sent by the General Council of
Colleges of Property Administrators of Spain, they say: “The maximum
capacity allowed will be 30%. Most homeowners’ communities do not have any
capacity control system. There are no responsible personnel in charge of the
installation that can control or limit the access of the owners and, in cases
where they have a lifeguard, their competence is limited to controlling the
pool.”

They say pools will have to put down social
distance markers, both for entry into the water and for when people are in the
water which will vastly reduce capacity and there is “no guarantee”
swimmers would stay within their boundaries.

Many of the communities fear pools,
desperately needed in the hot summer, will remain roped off or emptied of water
as the communities in charge of the flats were already hard-pressed to find
money BEFORE the coronavirus crisis. They certainly had no spare cash to pay
any staff to police the pools.

The association has called on the government to
help solve the problem and also points out that committees can’t even get
together to discuss what to do as such group meetings are still banned!