Static or dynamic beaches, under what conditions can we go to the beach this summer? Almost everywhere on the French coast, elected officials and beach attendants are testing and considering devices to allow us to go sunbathing or enjoying the sea without going against the sanitary measures imposed by the coronavirus epidemic.
Will it be necessary to reserve a place on the beach this summer and even in July and August? In any case, this is one of the hypotheses on which elected officials of the coast, like the mayor of Argelès-sur-Mer, one of the most important seaside resorts in the Mediterranean and France.
An app to book access to the beach but without a possible sunbathing session
Antoine Parra thus evokes the idea of an application which will make it possible to limit the number of holidaymakers thanks to an electronic reservation system, ” as is done a lot now for museum entrances ” Thus, believes the elected official, we will be able to choose a day and a niche of a few hours. The device will of course be free and within the limits of available places. It would allow you to enjoy the sand and the ocean spray ” in complete safety “
The creator of the application, founder of the Perpignan start-up Elloha, details how it works: ” Once the reservation has been made, the person receives an SMS or QR code which they present, at the beach entrance, to an agent or a supervisor. He confirms that his place is reserved. The system aims to be flexible: it allows, for example, to extend the stay if the maximum number of people is not reached on the beach. The system could also be adapted to other often saturated idleness sites: camping pools.
Delimited and bookable spaces to rest on the sand
In other cities and in particular in Grande-Motte (Hérault), experiments are being carried out with a view to summer: reserved and fenced spaces allowing to leave 1 meter distance between people (or families) are accessible to half day by reservation. A popular tip for vacationers to rest on the sand.
On all of our coasts, municipalities have had the opportunity to reopen beaches since May 11 with prefectural authorization. However, they are reserved for dynamic use in order to limit crowds and the risks of contamination, which are always very high in certain areas. On the vast majority of beaches, therefore, it is forbidden to venture on the sand for a tanning session or to make sandcastles or a picnic. Only walks and the practice of a sport are authorized.
Edouard Philippe’s announcements this Thursday, May 28, may allow us to learn more about how summer vacation will be on French beaches.
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