Benidorm’s beaches are already half full at weekends before the majority of Brit holidaymakers begin to arrive next week.
Tourism leaders are expecting a big increase in visitors once the travel situation between the UK and Spain becomes clearer.
Spain has opened its border to Brits and lifted its own quarantine rule but Brit families have been left in limbo due to no UK government announcement yet about air bridges.
Benidorm’s mayor, Toni Pérez says social distancing on the three main beaches is working well but at the request of hoteliers, businesses and local people, some changes would now be made.
The number of access points is being extended from 30 to 33 and more space is being made on the beaches for families.
Beach councillor, Monica Gomez said: “In view of the type of public that is making use of the beaches in these first weeks of activity and in anticipation of the tourist profile expected throughout the month, we are working to promote the expansion of blue spaces intended for families and the general population.
“Although these blue spaces are the ones with the most plots, we consider it advisable to increase them again.”
She stressed that people over 60 can also make use of these spaces, as well as those specially arranged for them and identified on the sand with the colour green.
In the first two weeks after the beaches were reopened on Jun 15th, the number of people using Benidorm’s beaches hit the 110,000 mark.
On some days, there were more than 15,000 people and last Sunday, the number soared to 17,526 users.
The maximum occupation of the beach under the present zoning system is 33,000 which is about half the previous norm.
At this stage, Benidorm council says arrangements can cope but there is a clause in the beach order which would allow shifts to be established, in the morning and then the afternoon, if the crowds become too big to manage.
The council has also increased its street cleaning service by incorporating a nebuliser cannon, one of only three being used in Spain and very similar to the one that the Military Emergency Unit (UME) has been using during the state of alarm to disinfect facilities and public spaces.