Socially Distanced Summer in Croatia: Rules for Beaches Published

Lauren Simmonds

What will the beaches this summer in Croatia look like? If things don’t change again, they’ll look very different indeed…

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 15th of May, 2020, the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) recently issued recommendations for swimming in the sea, swimming pools and in inland waters during the coronavirus epidemic, with the maximum number of people on the beaches limited to 15 on an area of ​​100 square metres, according to Dalmacija Danas.

“As far as swimming in the sea and freshwater bathing areas is concerned, the maximum number of persons who are allowed to be there at the same time will be determined according to the principle of 15 persons per 100 square metres of net area,” reads the recommendations of the CNIPH.

In addition, all visitors and employees of various premises are being advised to adhere to the rules of physical distance of 1.5 metres this summer in Croatia, which includes keeping a distance even when swimming.

In addition to all of the above, at entrances to various locations where visitors who will be swimming and sunbathing will spend a significant amount of time, it is necessary to place information on all of the hygienic procedures in place, along with guidelines on proper behaviour and on protection measures valid in that particular location or area.

In sea and freshwater bathing areas, it is necessary to install dispensers with disinfectant at reasonable distances and in visible places. On top of that, the concessionaire should separate the deckchairs so as to ensure physical distance and provide a person/staff member who can actively supervise the prescribed measures.

Deckchairs should be disinfected several times a day this summer in Croatia, and every single time an individual leaves and is no longer using it, and before another guest comes and uses it.

“The cleaning and disinfection of sanitary facilities should be intensified every two hours (and more often if necessary), and the number of employees engaged in daily cleaning activities should be increased. At the same time, the use of sanitary facilities should be limited in accordance with the size of the premises and in accordance with all of the prescribed sanitary conditions,” the instructions added.

“The recommendations of the CNIPH envisage a maximum capacity of ​​15 people per 100 m2 on beaches, which means 6.6 m2 per person on the beach, or a distance between 2 deck chairs of 1.5 metres. The average beach area in Split-Dalmatia County is 2432m2 (according to data from the regional programme for the management of sea beaches in Split-Dalmatia County), which would mean a capacity of a maximum of 365 bathers according to the aforementioned HZJZ standards.

If we convert people into deck chairs (not literally, of course), if the average deck chair takes up 15m2, that would mean a maximum of 162 deck chairs per beach.

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