Spain to keep social distancing on beaches to fight virus

MADRID (AFP) – Spain, one of Europe’s top sunshine destinations, said yesterday it will maintain social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus once a nationwide lockdown ends, even on the beaches.

The government on March 14 imposed a strict nationwide lockdown to fight the pandemic, and two days later it closed its land borders, with only Spanish citizens and residents able to enter the country.

In an interview published yesterday in top-selling daily newspaper El Pais, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said the government did not know when the borders would be reopened, saying it will depend on how “the health crisis evolves”.

“It is very important that we continue to follow health recommendations, we must keep up what we are doing now, washing our hands, keeping social distance…even on the beach,” she added when asked if access to beaches would be limited once the lockdown ends.

“Until there is a vaccine nothing will be the way it was before. Gatherings will have to have limitations to maintain an adequate safety distance,” she added.