Certain beaches in seaside resorts in France may well reopen. Coastal elected officials have been requesting it for some time, and the government has given the prefects the final decision, on a case-by-case basis. Thus, Yves Métaireau, LR mayor of La Baule-Escoublac, in Loire-Atlantique, should be able to reopen its nine kilometers of beach. He is still awaiting the special prefect's order from the region. "We asked for it on Saturday morning, under certain conditions", specifies the councilor on Europe 1. He thus hopes to save the summer season of the seaside resort.
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Dynamic walks, no static sunbathing
The opening will only be done under certain conditions, in particular access to the beach, and under surveillance. Yves Métaireau notably relies on surveillance cameras. "There are already five sweeping the beach. We will have the municipal police who will go along the beach or along the sea boulevard to monitor the crowds, to monitor that people are not sunbathing on the beach ", explains the mayor. "It will probably not be allowed in the coming summer."
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Local residents can take advantage of the expanse of sand for dynamic walks, individual sport, on the sand or at sea. "But no static tan on a towel, for the moment anyway," recalls the councilor .
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Beach closing from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
First, Yves Métaireau focuses on prevention and calling to order to avoid crowds, rather than sanctions. "We decided with the mayor of Pornichet to ask the prefect to close the beach at night from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m., and we will monitor it with a security company, as we do every summer. ", he assures.
According to him, it is these night or early evening groupings that would spread the risk of new contamination.