Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality launches the 2020 Bathing Season in Accordance With the Ministry of Health’s Guidelines
Photos credit: Ilan Spira, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
Drone credit: Tal Almog, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
On Wednesday May 20th, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Officially launched the 2020 bathing season in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines. However, the municipality opened only 10 out of the 13 lifeguard stations, due to municipal budget cuts following the coronavirus crisis.
Over the past week, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has been preparing the declared beaches, while adhering to the Health Ministry’s guidelines under the title “Blue Sea- Purple Badge.” All the beach facilities have been disinfected and all the beaches have signs and flyers posted clearly stating the updated information and guidelines for the beachgoers.
The 10 declared beaches that opened are: North Zuk, Tel Baruch, Metzitzim, Separate (Religious), Gordon, Bograshov, Jerusalem, Aviv, Charles Clore and Givat Aliyah.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor Ron Huldai: “I am pleased that the Ministry of Health responded positively to the request of the Israeli coastal authorities to immediately open the beaches, in accordance with their rules and guidelines. After many weeks of closure, and especially in light of the heat wave we are currently experiencing, the people of Israel need a bit of air. The beaches offer healthy and safe entertainment for the public and for an affordable price. This year, due to the municipality’s need to cut down on all the services it provides, only 10 beaches out of the 13 declared beaches will open tomorrow, while keeping in mind that the municipality has to invest its resources in assisting and treating the underprivileged populations, the elderly, the artists, the business owners, and others.”
The public is asked to follow these guidelines:
Wearing a mask is mandatory for beachgoers
Keeping 2 meters distance at the beach
Seating is allowed in groups of up to six, while ensuring a space of 2 meters between groups
Beachgoers are expected to clean the beach facilities after usage
The municipality plans to create a healthy and safe beach environment by taking the following measures:
Thoroughly and regularly disinfecting and cleaning the public amenities throughout the beach operating hours
Making sure that beachgoers are aware of the guidelines by placing leaflets and stickers containing updated information along the beaches
Weakening the water flow in the external showers to avoid spatter
The changing rooms will remain closed according to the Ministry of Health's guidelines
The municipality will mark sections at the beach in order to ensure that physical distance is kept between groups of beachgoers
The municipality trusts that anyone who will enjoy the beach will comply with the instructions issued by the Ministry of Health.
Tel Aviv-Yafo has 13 beaches stretching from the Herzliya border in the north to the Bat-Yam border in the south (13.5 kilometers). According to estimates, the average number of visitors on Tel Aviv’s beaches is about 150,000 on Saturdays and holidays, and about 25,000 on weekdays: adding up to a total of approximately 9 million bathers on average during the bathing season.
The 2020 bathing season opens this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 and will end on October 17, 2020.
Operating hours including Friday and Saturday:
The municipality sees a high importance in making sure that the beaches are accessible to everyone:
All declared municipal beaches are accessible to disabled people, including custom showers and faucets
All the declared beaches comply with the FEE International Blue Flag Environmental Standard
All beaches have showers dedicated for babies
Game and fitness facilities undergo periodic reviews as required
Beach facilities are available at a symbolic price for Digitel Members ( the Tel Aviv Residents card):
Sunshade: NIS 2 for Digitel cardholders and NIS 8 for visitors
Beach chair: NIS 2 for Digitel cardholders and NIS 8 for visitors
Sunbed: NIS 4 for Digitel cardholders and NIS 16 for visitors
** Beachgoers can use the Tel Aviv-Yafo beach app to pay for beach facilities:
Download the app via:
Apple Store- https://apple.co/36iJGCf
Google Play- http://bit.ly/2wwbCkT
Head of International Press
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality