By Evie Andreou
THE FOUR most crowded beaches in Ayia Napa will have lifeguards until 7pm the Ayia Napa municipality has decided.
At the Grecian Bay and Nissi beaches, lifeguards will be stationed until 7pm throughout the whole week, including weekends and at the Lanta and Makronnissos beaches, the same extended hours will apply only at the weekends.
The municipality decided to extend lifeguards’ hours on these beaches so that they can offer security to swimmers until late in the afternoon.
The drowning of three people within two days earlier in the month, urged the Cyprus Lifeguards Association (CLA) to issue a statement requesting that the state immediately takes measures to expand lifeguard working hours.
At present, lifeguards usually work from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm but length of employment, working hours and numbers depend mostly on the budget of the cash-strapped local authorities.
Last month, the head of the Paphos municipality beaches committee Andreas Chrysanthou called for an extension to lifeguard working hours.
Chrysanthou had said that it was imperative to enable better supervision of busy beaches and that lifeguards’ working hours should be extended for a further three hours a day across the island’s beaches.