Public beach in Bahrain closed after holiday rush

People gathered at Bilaj Al Jazayer beach in Zallaq, many without masks and ignoring social distancing rules

  

A popular public beach has been closed after authorities said scores of people had gathered there over the weekend and violated measures in place to combat the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

A video went viral on social media on Saturday showing more than 100 people at the Bilaj Al Jazayer beach in Zallaq, many without masks and ignoring social distancing rules.

The video sparked outrage on social media with people denouncing the “reckless and harmful” behaviour of violators and some questioning the decision to open the beach.

Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah), in co-operation with the Southern Governorate and the Interior Ministry, announced yesterday that the beach had been closed temporarily, until rigorous protocols are put in place.

SAFETY

“This is to better limit the numbers and tighten boundary security to dissuade people who are not complying with the safety, social distancing and sanitisation protocols already in place at the beach,” said Edamah chief executive Amin Alarrayed last night.

“Edamah is committed to the physical and mental well-being of society, greatly enhanced by a peaceful beach experience, and is keen to re-open the facility upon agreement of the enhanced policies and procedures between the parties concerned.

“We are determined that guests to the beach have a safe and enjoyable experience whilst following nationwide protocols that keep them and their families safe by observing the simple rules as outlined by the government.

SHORTAGE

“With a shortage of public beaches on the Island, our vision with one of Bahrain’s oldest landmarks was to transform the beach into a prime and pristine destination, in order to create a wholesome public space that is safe for the entire community to enjoy.

“For this reason, we allowed Bilaj Aljazayer to remain open over the Eid holiday, with strict protocols and precautionary measures put into place.

“Leaflets with the Covid-19 regulations were distributed to every entrant of the beach, and it is unfortunate that amongst the visitors, on this occasion, some people did not respect the rules.

“However, we are determined that people, who do respect the tighter protocols, once in place, will again have a beautiful destination that they can enjoy in safety.”

This caused an uproar amongst people on social media denouncing such “harmful” behaviour.

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