FAQs on the start of the 2021 bathing season

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Crowd monitoring

For the second year running, and as a COVID-19 preventive measure, a protocol will be launched this summer to monitor crowding with a maximum capacity for each beach.

The 2021 bathing season is kicking off with the state of emergency still in force and with protective measures activated for containing the spread of COVID-19 that have to be complied with in public spaces, including mandatory use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

Can I bathe in the sea?

Yes, Barcelona’s beaches are opening the bathing season for swimming, sunbathing and sport, provided users maintain 1.5-metre social distancing at all times.

Do the beaches have rescue and lifesaving services?

Yes, once the bathing season begins, all rescue and lifesaving teams will be in operation on Barcelona’s beaches following timetables according to the season.

Bathing mid-season: the timetable is from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm, from 27 to 31 March, from 1 to 5 April and every weekend in April, from 1 to 28 May and from 13 to 26 September.

Bathing high season: the timetable is form 10.30 am to 7.30 pm, from 29 May to 12 September.

Can I do sport at the beach?

As beaches are outdoor spaces, you can do sport there, providing you maintain social distancing and stay away from crowds at all times.

Volleyball courts are being maintained for authorised use at all times and five areas are being marked out for any type of sports activity and at any time on Sant Miquel, Somorrostro, Nova Icària, Bogatell and Nova Mar Bella beaches. From 7 pm on, all beaches will be open for any type of sports activity.

Keep to these areas to ensure sufficient space for users. 

Calisthenics areas are NOT in use.

What condition will the beaches be in?

The last seasons saw a major loss of sand on Barcelona’s beaches.

The beach area of the Mar Bella sand dune has been closed to prevent the risk of collapse for users.

Are there any rules on special uses for the beaches?

The need for protective measures against COVID-19 remains to ensure the bathers’ health and safety.

All this means applying exceptional rules for using beaches which have to be abided by, focusing coastal management on compliance with safety measures, the most important being to maintain the 1.5-metre social distancing. The action protocols and other measures will be steadily adapted, according to the indications from the health authorities.

Crowd monitoring

For the second year running, and as a COVID-19 preventive measure, a protocol will be launched this summer to monitor crowding with a maximum capacity for each beach.

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