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The popular Konyaaltı beach in Turkey’s top vacation destination Antalya has been decorated with signs that encourage social distancing, and the municipality’s lounge chairs and umbrellas have been distanced from each other.

Antalya Municipality has re-arranged the beach in anticipation of an influx of tourists by the end of the month as Turkey relaxes COVID-19 measures.

The municipality not only distanced the assigned tourist seating, but has also forbidden squatting: Visitors will be banned from laying down wherever they please on the sand in an attempt to ensure safe physical distance between everyone.

Beach visitors will be confined to their nine square meters of personal space around their lounge chairs and umbrella on the beach.

When one “lot” of nine square meters empties up, municipal workers will disinfect it and allow 20 minutes of time to pass before another group of visitors are welcomed.

Smoking has also been banned on the beach, as tobacco products are known to exacerbate a potential COVID-19 infection.

The municipality noted that they will continue patrolling beaches during the summer to ensure compliance with the safety measures.