Malaga to use germ-killing ULTRAVIOLET lights to keep sunbathers safe
Malaga is to become one of the first holiday destinations in Spain to use a pioneering system of germ-killing ultraviolet lights to keep sunbathers safe on its beaches.
They are being installed in 28 toilets on the
resort’s most popular beaches and will automatically flush and disinfect the
A red light will go on every time someone
leaves and the next person will have to wait 15 minutes before they can use the
toilets BUT the authority says the system will kill 99 per cent of germs.
The new automatic disinfection system will
mean beach users will not have to touch the flushes in the toilets and can turn
the water on by using foot pedals rather than the taps.
All of the showers, 136 in all, and the 45
foot wash stations on the beaches will remain open, unlike many other regions
where they are being closed. However, they can only be used by one person at a
time, even in they are in a row, unless family members.
Malaga’s beaches will reopen on June 1st after
the region finally enters stage two after a delay due to the incidence of
coronavirus and the Spanish government’s ruling that it “wasn’t quite
ready” for the next stage in the country’s de-escalation plan.
The city council has decided against using a
system where beach-goers can book a slot but an app will be available to give
real-time information about how packed a particular beach is.
The beaches will be open all day and because
of the need to clean and disinfect the sand each night, zones won’t be marked
off. Instead, users will be ask to do this themselves using the social
distancing recommendations of two metres apart and their “general
Councillor for beaches, Teresa Porras said
lifeguards and beach controls would not start until June 15th so she has made
an appeal for care and vigilance. She said the council had ruled out the
installation of cameras because it would have cost 400,000 euros and might have
been against the law to record people.
Certain sections of the beach will be allowed
to take up to 15 people and Malaga is anticipating a mad rush for these each
“It’s up to to apply common sense and
respect the rules so that we do not take steps back,” said the head of the