Benidorm’s beaches have been hit by Covid rules and social distancing restrictions during the pandemic, but the rules have been relaxed for the first time in two years in time for the Easter holidays
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The city’s mayor, Toni Pérez, said the resort is ready and waiting to welcome thousands of tourists, including a huge contingent of Brits who are now the leading market again.
He also confirmed that the strict coronavirus restrictions of the past are being lifted.
“After two years of the pandemic, this will be the first Holy Week where there will be no restrictions on the use of the sand,” he said.
At one point during the Covid crisis, beaches in Spain were forced to close and when they were allowed to reopen they were subjected to strict social distancing measures.
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Restrictions at the time included sandy patches for sunbathers, tight controls on access points, time restrictions and even a pre-booking system that often resulted in long lines at the seafront. In fact, some Britons reported facing each other two hour queues to book the beach spots back then.
Toni Pérez said the council had been working steadily throughout the year to ensure beaches were in “optimal condition” for users at Easter, which marks the start of the high season. For this purpose, repair and adjustment work was carried out on various elements and the lifeguard and cleaning device was adjusted.
Sun loungers are also enjoying a welcome return, with the mayor stating that “the maximum on the beach will be 3,500 per day”.
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The number of lifeguards and lifeguards will also be increased with five on Levante beach, six on Poniente beach and one on Mal Pas beach. They will be on duty from 10am to 6pm and two staffed ambulances will be available.
The cleaning service has also been strengthened, so that at Easter there are a total of 21 instead of the usual 13 employees.
One rule that will remain in place is the “six meters” requirement from shore. This means that sunbathers cannot sit within this line and the shoreline leaves room for people who wish to stroll along the beaches.
Spain has already lifted the obligation for beach users to wear masks as they are no longer required outside. The hall rule is to be lifted from April 20th.
The Mayor of Benidorm also confirmed that the beaches have not been badly affected by the recent storms as they are better protected than others.
Spanish authorities created confusion over travel rules last week after it was revealed unvaccinated Britons with Covid tests would be welcome back – only for Spain to row back less than a day later.
Spain’s tourist board had said the country would reopen to unvaccinated British travelers with immediate effect, but apologized hours later as the rule change was wrong.
The confusion is believed to have arisen after a bulletin was misinterpreted.
Pedro Medina, deputy director of the Spanish Tourist Board in the UK, said at the time: “We apologize unreservedly for the misunderstandings earlier today which were due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”
Under current Spanish travel regulations, which also apply to the Canary and Balearic Islands, anyone over the age of 12 can visit the country for tourism purposes if they are either fully vaccinated against Covid or can demonstrate a recent recovery from Covid.
Unvaccinated youth aged 12 to 17 can visit us, but only if they have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel and are traveling with vaccinated adults.
All other travelers must fill out a pre-travel form and receive a QR code to be scanned at border control.
An exception applies to the travel form; Children under 12 who have an EU Covid passport or NHS Covid passport do not need to have the form.
The country is also expected to relax its local Covid rules later this week, including Abolition of the mask requirement indoors.
A number of holiday hotspots have relaxed their rules in recent months.
As a matter of fact, 14 destinations have scrapped Covid travel rules entirely including Iceland, Mexico and Madeira.
A number of holiday hotspots including France, Greece and Portugal are now open, although you may need proof of Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test. To help you, we’ve rounded them up latest travel rules for the most important holiday destinations including the rules applicable to the Easter holidays.
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