The beach regulations of Vigo issued this summer, state that "physiological evacuation at sea or on the beach" is not allowed. For the mayor, Abel Caballero, this custom is a violation of hygiene and health rules and banning urination will also help to mitigate environmental impacts, according to the Heraldo site.

The pioneering and unprecedented measure has already generated a wave of reactions.

So far, the municipality has not been able to answer how, in practice, the measure will be applied. However, to help motivate a change in behaviour of beach goers, they intend to install a wide network of bathrooms along the beaches.