It’s the hilarious moment when beach-goers cheer for the best “socially distancing” plot on a popular Spanish beach after queuing up since 6 a.m.
Desperate Dash was filmed in Torrevieja in Alicante, with similar scenes reported across the country as the tourist season got underway.
Beach-goers in Torrevieja wait in a queue outside the beach every day from 6 a.m. to grab a plot of land in the sand.
To prevent the spread of COVID, a grid has been arranged in the sand which indicates where sunbathers can lie down.
Many are ready to move to a plot with their beach chair and cool box in hand, outnumbering anyone who comes their way.
As soon as a lifeguard signals, hordes of beach-goers race to the sand and fight for key spots.
Ministers have said that despite the rise in COVID cases, Spain is unlikely to be included in the Amber Plus list anytime soon.
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The Department for Transport (DoT) has told the travel industry that Spain will not be added imminently, as of the next update in August, Wire.
He also said the addition of France was an “outright” travel change.
But the beaches of the Costa del Sol could face new curfews as Andalusia faces a fifth wave of coronavirus infections and a “rapid increase” in the youth population.
The regional government says a new surge in the delta variant is threatening to put additional pressure on local health services while increasing numbers of people are being vaccinated.
The new rules will come into effect from midnight of July 22 and the risk zones will be observed on a daily basis.
Capacity limits will be set at pubs, restaurants and nightlife locations based on the level of alert.
Andalusia’s junta is looking at a curfew between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. in municipalities with more than 5,000 residents, which have cumulatively seen more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents in 14 days.
This could affect the largest resort in Marbella which has an incidence rate of 1,047.
The proposed curfew is to be endorsed by the Supreme Court, which has turned down other applications in the Canary Islands, including elsewhere.
Health chiefs say beaches in coastal municipalities that are on alert levels 2, 3 and 4 should be closed between 11 pm and 7 am.
The regional government says a new surge in the delta variant is threatening to put additional pressure on local health services, despite the increasing number of people.