By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:52 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 17:53 BST, 1 May 2020
Government officials in a small coastal town in Spain have sprayed down a local beach with a diluted bleach solution in the hopes of protecting residents from COVID-19.
The decision was made by Agustín Conejo, head of the local government of Zahara de los Atunes in the southern province of Cádiz, whose residents will begin emerging from six weeks of COVID-19 lockdown over the next month.
Conejo said the decision to spray bleach was made to protect minors and children who would be returning to the beach, but admits the decision was a bad move in retrospect.
The local government in the Spanish town of Zahara de los Atunes sprayed the beach with bleach to protect locals from COVID-19 as they begin to emerge from lockdowns, a decision that was widely criticized
"I admit that it was a mistake, it was done with the best intention," he told the BBC.
The spraying was done with a number of tractors and small trucks equipped with long fumigation misters that released a diluted bleach solution across the beach sand and nearby