The City of Barcelona will control the capacity in the Beaches of the city through video sensors and the cameras located in the Mapfre Tower starting next Monday, June 8 (in the event that the city goes to phase 2), and will update this information in real time on a web page so that users can consult it.
The goal is that there are no crowds and that users can be informed to plan which one they go before they go. As the council has pointed out, it will not be used to grid them so that people maintain the sanitary distances by the Covid-19.
The Councilor for Climate Emergency, Eloi Badia, has explained the regulation of the beaches that the council foresees as of the entry into phase 2 of unconfinement, in which it is allowed to bathe and to be on the beach while maintaining distances, which, in principle, the consistory leaves in the hands of the citizens.
To avoid crowds, the consistory will delimit the most affluent beaches of Ciutat Vella (Sant Miquel, Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta and Somorrostro) with wooden fences and ropes and will establish 15 access points, where there will be informants and the Guardia Urbana.
A website with traffic lights to report the capacity
On the website, information will be provided through “virtual traffic lights”, from green to red depending on the influx at all times: green corresponds to a capacity of less than 40%, yellow of up to 60%, orange of up to 80% and red more than 80%.
He has said that, in no case, the cameras and video sensors will identify specific people, and has detailed that there will be up to 22 informants and the Guàrdia Urbana who will monitor compliance with the mandatory minimum distance of four meters between people or groups.
Badia has appealed to the “co-responsibility” of the users to avoid crowds, and has said that if necessary the beaches of the Sant Martí district will be delimited (Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella, LLevant and Baños del Fòrum) to control your capacity.
The cameras and video sensors will not identify specific people in any case
He has also indicated that the rescue services, first aid, showers (which will be outside the delimited areas and will be used individually), public toilets on each beach, and the beach for dogs will be reactivated.
The council calculates that, if the recommendations are taken into account, the beaches of Barcelona have a capacity of between 25,000 and 38,000 people, depending on whether the majority of users attend individually or in groups.
Badia has said that this figure is not far from the peaks that are usually reached in late July, when there are usually about 40,000 people on the city’s beaches, so he assured that “not much capacity will be lost.” “However, bathers are concentrated at certain times, beaches and days of the week,” and recalled that the City Council proposal is based on a better distribution of users in space and time slots.