On the website change.org on Monday, July 11, there was a petition demanding to cancel imposed by the authorities of the city limit of time visiting the beaches in Sochi. 16:52 Moscow time the petition was signed by more than 500 people.
The authors of the appeal to the head of Sochi indicate that many residents “are accustomed to take sea baths in the morning and the evening and the limit of time visiting the city’s beaches from 8.00 to 20.00 “deprives them of the benefits of residence in the territory of the resort city”.
“It should also be noted that this mode may adversely affect the number of tourists,” — say the authors of the petition.
“Please suspend the decision in part mode and make efforts to find other ways to protect people during the night swimming,” the statement says.
Earlier on Monday, the Sochi city administration announced the time limit for using the city’s beaches from 8.00 to 20.00. The authorities relied on the decision of the administration of the 2010 N801 “On approval of rules of use of water objects of General use”, which provides for such a limitation. Sochi authorities explained this step is an attempt to protect citizens from accidents. “Often people coming to rest, lose their vigilance and are very careless towards their health and even life. Most tragedies generally associated with the fact that guests are going to swim in the sea in an alcohol intoxication in the night time”, — stated in the message of the press service of the city administration. In addition the authorities of Sochi have decided to include the responsibilities of the PSC employees that are assigned to each beach monitoring the presence of tourists in the coastal zone.
Later, the city Manager explained to RIA Novosti that Sochi authorities are not going to penalize tourists for appearing on beaches after 20:00.