With tourism and travel practically at a halt all over the world, we are now approaching the time of year that is huge for tourist destinations. These destinations include such beautiful places like Italy, Spain, Greece and many more. But, with the coronavirus still a force and social distancing in play, what will happen with the 2020 summer season?
Is this the Answer for a 2020 Summer Beach Season?
It is not all about the tourists either! While hotels, hospitality programs and airlines would love for tourists to start traveling in the next few months, beaches in southern Europe and elsewhere are also insanely popular with the locals. Even though summer tourist season may be canceled for many, locals will still want to get out to the beaches.
An Italian company, Nuova Neon Group, recently came up with their own solution to the beach problem. It involves plexiglass cubicles that would be 2 meters high (just over 6 feet) and 4 to 5 meters long (from 13 – 19 feet). These cubicles would satisfy any social distancing rules in place!
These beach solutions have already been tested in the Romagna Riviera region in Italy. Countries like Greece and Spain will definitely watch with some interest to see if this will actually be cost-effective and overall efficient.
Oh, the Cost!
Yes, the cost would be a significant challenge for countries and businesses that are already at a loss for money due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, I could still see some beaches rolling something like this out for their country people to be able to enjoy at least some of summer.
The company has actually been getting requests from restaurant owners and beach managers for this product so there will likely be some around and about. The company is also working on other dividers to help various industries to still have social distancing while allowing people to live their lives in public.
Will It Actually Happen?
Those in the US really cannot grasp it but the lockdown situation in European countries, especially countries like Italy, Spain, Greece, and France have been incredibly tough. When the measures start rolling out to let people resume their lives, it will be the time that many locals would head for the seaside. In Greece, that is pretty much from the end of July until late August, especially the week around August 15. So, I could see something like this making its way to many beaches!
Source: Greece Reporter