Beach season in Chile debuts with protocol control application

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Beach season in Chile debuts with protocol control application
Wed December 16, 2020

The Ministry of National Assets relaunched in Viña del Mar the PlayApp mobile application that allows users to access information on sea beaches and lakes in Chile


The scope of the digital device, which contains data from 954 sea beaches and lakes -of which 156 are suitable for bathing-, were detailed in an activity that was carried out led by the Minister of National Assets, Julio Isamit, together with the Minister of Sports, Cecilia Pérez; the mayor Jorge Martínez; the mayor of Viña del Mar Virginia Reginato; Governor Gonzalo Le Dantec; the Maritime Governor, Captain of the Ship, Nelson Saavedra; the Port Captain, CF Ricardo Alcaíno; and the seremi of health, BBNN, Environment and Sports, Francisco Álvarez, Rosario Pérez, María Victoria Gazmuri and Ruth Olivera, respectively.

Minister Isamit commented that “several weeks ago we presented the Safe Beach protocol to comply with sanitary measures, because every time a city advances in the Step by Step plan, the beaches are the first to be visited and we do not want them to be cause of increased infections and promote outbreaks ”.

Regarding the application, Isamit pointed out that last year there were 10,000 downloads with 1,854 complaints and so far this year 654 complaints have been made. "With this updated PlayApp, people will be able to know the accesses and reach the beaches and make complaints, both of access and of non-compliance with sanitary protocols," he said.

The mayor Virginia Reginato highlighted the work carried out in the spas and the importance of going to the beaches of Viña del Mar with greater responsibility and self-care to avoid contagion of Covid.

“That is why this application of the Ministry of National Assets is essential to be able to enjoy them as a family, safely and without access problems. In Viña we are also concerned that the operators keep them in the best conditions, safely and complying with the necessary sanitary protocols for this sanitary emergency ”, the community chief stressed.

For his part, Mayor Martínez stressed that the application allows to denounce those who do not comply with sanitary protocols on the beaches or on the coastline and emphasized that the controls will be inflexible.

The app available in the App Store and in Google Play, also has the option "Safe Beach", which displays information about the care protocol that must be maintained in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It also reports on the stage of the Step by Step plan in which the consulted commune is (quarantine, transition, preparation, initial opening or advanced opening) and gives an account of the less crowded beaches that, with self-care measures, can be visited.

In this case, there are 370 throughout Chile, which are added to the 273 recommended beaches recommended for this period, a registry that was prepared by the Ministry of National Assets in conjunction with Directemar.

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