France: Seaside town finds solution for a 'static beach' despite coronavirus

The seaside town of La Grande Motte in southern France was the first in the country to organise a «static» and shared beach system, allowing beachgoers to sunbathe despite the coronavirus crisis, as footage filmed on Thursday shows. Following a confinement period, most of the beaches in the country reopened but only allowed residents to swim, stroll or practice a sport, banning sunbathing. At the... Еще static beach, sand boxes can be booked for free and people can sit down, read or bask in the sun while maintaining a safe distance from one another with clearly outlined boundaries. Beachgoers must stay within their area demarcated by wooden stakes and ropes, but they don't have to wear protective masks. The chief of the local tourism office defined it a «touristic, sanitary and sociological experience,» saying that the «static beach» could become a model. But he also hoped this won't become the «new normal.» «We hope that the virus will disappear quickly and that we'll find the beach the way it was before,» he said, adding that nobody wishes this will be the beach of the future.
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