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First Greece and now Spain open their beaches to the public where “drone patrols” play an important role

Spain’s beaches officially re-opened to the public at the weekend amid urgent warnings of social distancing and “observing common-sense”, reports thesun.co.uk.

Two of the country’s most popular areas, Sanxenxo and Pontevedra, are using “drone patrols” to watch over their beaches and send real-time updates of film and information to screens in control rooms for inspectors to check. The Spanish Ministry of Health has issued guidelines which include keeping apart when in the water.

It also recommends umbrellas should be at least 12ft apart and for all sand, railings etc. to be extensively disinfected. Many councils have taken their own steps by roping off squares for sunbathers using bollards, tape or markers in the sand. Some beaches have even introduced appointment systems or time limits, whilst In Arona the use of balls, spades and mats are prohibited.

In Adeje, the biggest hotspot for Brits, the local council is to stagger the opening of its beaches this week. Initially, sunbeds will be withdrawn and there is a ban on smoking, the use of showers, pets, major picnics and the use of walkways. The council is recommending that people only use the beach for “two to three hours”.

Most people visiting will be wearing masks as the government says these are compulsory in public when social distancing cannot be guaranteed.

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