Antalya’s Konyaaltı beach to set social distancing guidelines

Turkey’s world famous Konyaaltı beach in the southern resort of Antalya has started setting social distancing guidelines for local and foreign tourists as the country prepares for the summer season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The state-owned Anadolu news agency reported that a series of preventive measures had been taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus at the coastlines, as tourism is expected to revive after the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday ends on Tuesday.

The agency published a video from Konyaaltı beach showing teams dividing the area up with ropes to meet social distancing guidelines. Sunbeds on the beach will be placed an appropriate distance apart, and warning signs will be hung around the beach, Anadolu said.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that those who want to enjoy the sea at the Konyaaltı beach must comply with the social distancing rules, and tourists must obey preventative measures set by the Antalya municipality teams.

Turkey’s tourism sector – a significant contributor to the economy – has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The country plans to lift some lockdown measures from June, and officials say they aim to reinvigorate the tourism sector during the summer season.

Millions of tourists flock to Turkey every year to enjoy the country's coastline, and Antalya is one of the country’s top destinations for beach holidays.