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Spain’s hotspot beaches will have restrictions in force until summer 2022 at least 

Brits will find beach safety regulations still in force when they are eventually allowed to return to Spain’s holiday hotspots.

Benidorm is already leading the way by announcing that social distancing measures will remain until at least the summer of 2022.

The resort’s mayor, Toni Pérez says that although full services will resume from July 1st, the number of sunbeds and umbrellas will be cut by around half as a preventative measure against the spread of coronavirus. Sunbathing areas will also be in parcels for specific numbers as has happened over the last year.Benidorm started its “Safe beaches, for everyone and every day” campaign last June and Mr. Pérez says it has proved a great success.

At one stage, there were NO sunbeds or umbrellas but this service is now being reinstated but cut by half from 6,315 units to a daily maximum of 3,500. This will allow for greater spacing on the resort’s main beaches and prevent crowding. The measure will be reviewed again in June 2022.Benidorm council has yet to announce whether there will be any pre-booking requirement as last summer but there is likely to be beach controls and regulated access points.All other beach services will be back, including first aid and rescue and there will be “intense” and regular cleaning.”

From minute one of the pandemic, we have been working on the beaches and in May 2020 we developed a system that we implemented since June 2020, with the reopening of the beaches to the public, and that has been obtaining highly successful results, being modular and scalable, adapting at all times to the circumstances and needs of each situation,” said the mayor.

“At all times, the beaches of Benidorm have maintained the controls and planning, applying the Covid measures and protocols. Our beaches have all the certifications, endorsed with the Blue and Qualitur flags, and specific safety, emergency and contingency plans.”

It has already been announced that sunbathers won’t have to wear masks whilst sunbathing and Spain is expected to allow the non-wearing of masks outdoors from Saturday in all places provided social distancing can be maintained. The Spanish government is expected to announce exceptions to this rule later today.

Although Brits can’t travel to Benidorm at the moment without going into quarantine on their return, the resort says tourists from the Spanish mainland and other locations are keeping hotels afloat.A spokesman for the hotel association Hosbec said: “Benidorm hotels have registered 52.7% occupancy during the week of June 14th to 20th, 2021. National tourism continues to be the absolute protagonist, with 90% of the rooms occupied by Spaniards during the week.”Demand remains stagnant and supply increases little by little, since this week there have been new hotel openings and there are already 67.3% of the establishments associated with HOSBEC open, which represents approximately 62% of the beds . For this current week (June 21-27), the hotels surveyed expect to maintain very similar occupancy data (59.2%).”