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This Season’s Bathing Rules

Please find below the new ‘common bathing rules’ for this season.  These apply to the use of beaches, bathing complexes and sea access.

As of Friday the 29th of May swimming pools can be re-opened, including condominium private pools. However, children’s pools remain closed due to the difficulty in maintaining and ensuring physical safety distance, as well as problems arising from the sharing of toys and aquatic equipment that are difficult to clean.

The new rules are:

  • Physical safety distance
  • Frequent hand hygiene
  • Respiratory label
  • Cleaning and sanitizing spaces
  • Accountability (the user is a public health agent)

1 – During the stay it is mandatory to keep the physical safety distance of two metres between users and measures of respiratory etiquette.

2 – The agglomeration of people is forbidden except when they correspond to families and never more than 10 individuals.

3 – The use of a mask is mandatory when travelling to restaurants, cafes, service areas and toilets.

4 – The changing rooms, showers and drinking fountains will remain closed, with the exception of the outside showers of body or feet, equipped with systems that avoid manual contact, and of the indoor showers of the sanitary facilities for users with reduced mobility.

5 – The use of sun loungers is permitted provided that the physical safety distance and its hygiene are safeguarded, after each use.

6 – The stairs to the sea should have separate entrance and exit, whenever possible.

7 – The use of elevators is subject to regular cleaning, and must be intended for users with reduced mobility.

8 – The use of saunas, jacuzzis, Turkish baths and the like is not allowed.

9 – From Friday, May 29, the pools can be opened, including the private pools of the condominiums.

10 – Swimming pools for children remain closed due to the manifest difficulty in maintaining and ensuring physical safety distance, as well as the difficulty in avoiding the sharing of toys and aquatic equipment that are difficult to clean.

11 – The practice of collective sports games is not allowed.

12 – The provision and use of equipment for collective use, namely slides, floating equipment, and the like, is not permitted.

13 – Equipment intended for users with reduced mobility, may be used as long as they are properly sanitized between uses.

14 – Playgrounds must remain closed.

15 – It is the duty of users to ensure the collection of their waste, as well as its respective deposition in the appropriate collection containers. Personal protective equipment (masks, gloves) to be disposed of must be placed in undifferentiated waste containers.

16 – On the beaches and bathing complexes, parasols, private or collective, must respect a distance of two metres between them, counting from their outer limit.

17 – The potential occupancy capacity of the bathing areas must consider the useful area of ​​the solarium, and cannot exceed one user per four square metres.

18 – The capacity of the swimming pools cannot exceed one user per 10 square metres, and this limitation must be duly signaled by the management entity.

19 – Footpaths and access corridors must be used and footwear must be defined and signposted, whenever possible, ensuring a physical safety distance of two metres between users.

20 – The passageways and walkways must be washed, using sea or network water, and sodium hypochlorite or biocide products should not be used.

21 – First aid stations must have thermometers and personal protective equipment available and an area for the isolation of suspected cases of COVID-19 disease.


1 – Bathing complexes can only open to the public once the conditions defined in this regulation are ensured.

2 – Different zones must be ensured for the entrances and exits of the complexes, as well as the necessary protections at the ticket offices and reinforcement of the signs to ensure physical distance.

3 – The users ‘residence time must be managed by the management entity, privileging the users’ rotation, using, for example, the establishment of shifts.

4 – Disinfectant, alcohol-based antiseptic solution (SABA) should be made available in the places where users pass.

5 – The existence of a Contingency Plan for COVID-19 is mandatory.


The sanitary facilities must remain open, safeguarding the essential rules and guidelines of hygiene and safety defined by the DGS:

– Frequent hand washing with liquid soap or SABA;

– Use of mask or visor and physical distance;

– Mandatory use of footwear;

– Increase the frequency of cleaning facilities.


Restaurants, cafes and the like may remain open, safeguarding the hygiene and safety rules and guidelines defined by DGS / IASaúde, governed by the essential rules applicable to this type of establishment outside bathing areas.


Street vending on the beaches is allowed, provided that the rules and guidelines of hygiene and safety defined by DGS / IASaúde are respected.


It is up to the entities with competence in the management of bathing spaces to ensure the implementation of what is determined in the regulation and the necessary surveillance to comply with the envisaged rules.

It is also up to the entities with competence to manage bathing spaces to promote bathers’ awareness campaigns, regarding the need to comply with the norms for the enjoyment of bathing spaces, through the posting of posters on the beaches and their access.

It is up to users, as in any other public enjoyment space, the responsibility to ensure the measures and care necessary for their individual and collective protection, in short, each user must act as a public health agent “.

Samantha Gannon

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