Britons face hefty £650 fine for using the sea as a toilet in Spain


Many people will have experienced a strangely warm stretch of sea while vacationing abroad. I hope maybe it’s just a warm current fading when you see a relieved face on someone standing in the water near you.

But if anyone wants to relieve themselves in the sea off Vigo in northern Spain, they’ll have to think twice before doing a number one underwater. The City Council said public urination was against ‘hygiene and sanitary rules’ and said it would impose fines of 750 euros (£640) on anyone using the sea as a toilet, express reports.

City officials said public restrooms are set up at beaches during peak season. This could see temporary facilities put in place to ensure a more pleasant bathing environment for people.

It is one of several strict rules in the city, in Galicia, which have been announced. Spain said local authorities would impose fines on anyone dressed inappropriately on the street.

This means holidaymakers should ensure they dress before leaving the beach as, under the new rule, Britons who fail to cover up could be fined. This includes women wearing only a bikini or bathing suit and men without a top.

The country also plans to fine anyone who leaves litter as well as those who bring a gas bottle or barbecue to the beach.

But some people are skeptical about how the new rule might be enforced. The Telegraph reports. He quoted Twitter user Pedro L Sierra saying, “How easy it is to issue bans and how difficult it is to enforce them.”


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