In addition, the following applies (Excerpt from Article 5(4)(a)):
If a bathing water is classified as ‘poor’ for five consecutive years, a permanent bathing prohibition or permanent advice against bathing shall be introduced.
However, a Member State may introduce a permanent bathing prohibition or permanent advice against bathing before the end of the five‑year period if it considers that the achievement of ‘sufficient’ quality would be infeasible or disproportionately expensive.
in respect of each bathing water classified as ‘poor’, the following measures shall be taken with effect from the bathing season that follows its classification:
- adequate management measures, including a bathing prohibition or advice against bathing, with a view to preventing bathers' exposure to pollution;