Beaches health protocol for organised and unorganised beaches this Summer

A distance of at least 3 meters between sunbeds belonging to two different umbrellas for organized beaches and special coverage of seats, tables and storage boxes for personal items with special materials that can be disinfected provides, among other things, the instructions of the new protocol that should to be adopted by the managers of the organized beaches this summer, in the context of prevention and treatment of COVID-19 cases for the beaches.

See in detail what is provided:

Seats and umbrellas and showers

Social distance

In the case of seating (sun loungers, chairs, sun loungers, etc.) and umbrellas on the seafront, their layout should be such that the distance between two people belonging to two different umbrellas is at least 3 meters in each direction.

In particular, a distance of at least 3 meters (in any direction) from the extremities of the seats belonging to different umbrellas must be observed. It should be discouraged from placing a towel / mat by bathers at such a point that it will reduce this distance.

Cleanliness and disinfection

Seats (sunbeds, chairs,  sun loungers, etc.), tables, personal storage boxes, staff notification buttons and price lists should be made of materials that can be effectively disinfected between their uses by different customers. It should not be made of porous materials, fabrics, etc.

In case the material is not suitable, it is possible to cover it with material suitable for disinfection. In this case, all points that come in contact with the bathtub should be covered or may be contaminated with droplets and it should be ensured that the bathtub cannot remove this cover.

After each customer change, the seats, tables, personal storage boxes, price lists and any other items that the next customer will use must be disinfected. Disinfection can be done by spraying 0.1% sodium hypochlorite and 10 minutes of contact time, but first clean the surfaces from water, soil and other contaminants.

The faucets of the faucets and other taps on the beach should be disinfected at regular intervals. Frequently touched surfaces (handles, knobs, knobs, handrails) in outdoor locker rooms located on the beach should be disinfected at regular intervals. If the material is not suitable for disinfection, these areas should be covered with suitable material or these locker rooms should not be used at all.

3 bathing zones

It is recommended to set a schedule for swimming for vulnerable and non-vulnerable bathing groups, for example, vulnerable bathing groups are recommended to come to the beach, use the sea recreation facilities, seats and umbrellas until 12:00.

Alternatively, the company is given the option of renting seats and umbrellas to have three separate areas. Area for vulnerable bathers, area for families with children and areas for the general public. In this case, each area must have a specific staff that will not serve the other areas.

The waiters (as well as the other staff who come in contact with the bathers) in the area with the vulnerable bathers should wear masks and apply hand hygiene after serving each customer.

Also, in this case, access to vulnerable bathers in the bar will be prohibited. Where possible, there should be separate toilets and shower enclosures for the bathing group and for other bathers. Finally, parking by parking lot is prohibited and a special parking space is recommended for the vulnerable group of bathers.

Sea recreation facilities

The marine leisure facilities (motor boats, sailboats, board, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, SUP, water bike, water skiing, sea ring, etc.) are permitted under the following conditions:

  • The use of trailing water sports (water skiing, sea ring) by the vulnerable bathing team.
  • The maximum number of passengers on the sea bike is 2 (unless the occupants belong to the same family).
  • Water sports spots that are frequently touched by users such as handles, handles and paddles should be disinfected after each use.

Inflatable sea parks

For inflatable marine parks, the number of users is reduced to half of what the manufacturer recommends, and distances of 1.5 meters must be observed when using them.

What applies to unorganized beaches

The distance between two umbrella masts should be at least 5 meters in each direction. Bathers should avoid overcrowding and keep a social distance of 1.5 meters. Contact of the face with the hands should be avoided without washing before the sea (especially after applying sunscreen, etc.).

Vulnerable bathers are allowed to stay on the beach until 12:00 and the distance between two umbrella masts should be at least 10 meters in each direction.


Underwater fishing and coastal fishing are allowed. In the second case, a distance of 2 meters must be observed between the fishermen.

Social distance and personal protection for staff and customers

In the facilities of the indoor covered areas of the beach, the social distance should be maintained by adopting special marking and controlled entry measures, in order to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the individuals and with the optional use of a fabric mask by any person indoors. space.

The social distance of 1.5 meters must be observed outdoors by all individuals.

There should be special floor markings at all possible customer synchronization points such as at the entrance, points of sale / shops, shared toilets in order to observe the required distances of 1.5 meters.

Staff on site

Application of rules of personal hygiene and protection

Hand hygiene should be applied by staff with soap and water. If the hands are not visibly soiled, an alternative antiseptic alcohol solution may be used. The use of gloves does not replace hand hygiene.

There should be antiseptic stations (70% alcohol content) at the entry points at various points such as shared toilets, at the entrance and at the service points of the beach facilities.

Proper respiratory hygiene should be followed, that is, covering the mouth and nose with a tissue during the murmur and coughing and then throwing it in a plastic bag and applying antiseptic to the hands. For this purpose, in a prominent place in various places, provision must be made for the corresponding equipment (tissues or paper towels and disposable gloves, plastic bag, etc.).

Beach managers and those providing services to them should provide information and training to staff on personal hygiene measures:

  • Hand washing techniques (frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, the use of gloves does not replace hand hygiene).
  • When it is recommended to use antiseptics instead of hand washing (eg if the hands are not visibly soiled, an alternative alcoholic solution may be used).
  • After which activities should the hands be washed e.g. hands should be washed after each contact with another person or his respiratory secretions (saliva, drops), with objects touched by other people such as handrails, handles, etc., before placing the mask, before and after removing the mask, before and after removing the gloves, after using the toilet, before eating, before touching the face, etc.
  • In the meticulous observance of hygiene measures, and in particular: avoid contact of the hands with the mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Avoid contact with patients who have respiratory symptoms.
  • Proper waste management
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment (mask and gloves)

Personnel information should be provided to report directly the relevant symptoms of COVID-19 infection to their supervisor for themselves and other staff members or customers.

Staff members who show symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 infection should immediately leave their job and follow the instructions described in the incident management plan.

Incident management plan on organized beaches

According to the protocol, in every organized beach under the responsibility of the administration there must be a written plan for the management of a suspected COVID-19 incident in which the following are described:

a) the symptoms that characterize a person as a suspected case of COVID-19 infection (sudden onset of the disease, with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath),

b) the call number “1135” for the communication with the competent body for the report of the incident and the guidance for its management in Greek and English,

c) the temporary isolation of the case until its safe transfer for medical diagnosis (securing a shady area with natural ventilation, placing a surgical mask on the person with symptoms, administration of tissues, plastic bag for their disposal and 70% antiseptic hands ),

(d) the use of a surgical mask, goggles, footrests, a waterproof apron with long sleeves and gloves by anyone entering the temporary isolation area (the protective equipment used must be discarded in a bag and in no case protected by it; hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water),

e) ventilation of the temporary isolation area and cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects after removal of the patient with 0.1% chlorine solution (4 teaspoons of chlorine content 5% per 1 liter of water) or 70% ethyl alcohol with a time 10 minutes (cleaning materials should either be discarded or washed at 90 ° C before reuse),

f) the contact details of EKAB, the contact details of the health structure that should be transferred to the suspected incident, the contact details of the health service to which the beach belongs.

In order to implement the written plan and the rules of operation of the beach regarding the prevention of COVID-19 incidents, the staff and customers must be assigned a competent person who will be defined in the written plan and his details will be recorded. Both the incidents and the measures taken should be recorded in the beach incident book kept by the person in charge.


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