AP PHOTOS: Splash! Virus spawns portable pool fad in Spain

AP PHOTOS: Splash! Virus spawns portable pool fad in Spain

© Provided by Associated Press Ricardo D'hont swims in a neighbors plastic portable pool in Seville, Spain on Aug.11, 2020. The owners of the pool said that "Due to the coronavirus we couldn't go to the beach or to other pools. If we hadn't been in pandemic we would never bought a plastic pool". (AP Photo/ Laura Leon) SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — As pretty much everywhere else, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home for Spaniards. For many of those furloughed or out of business it has also meant less income and no way to afford a vacation to escape the sweltering temperatures of the Spanish summer. © Provided by Associated Press Manuel Caballos lays on the grass as Esperanza Lafrance swims in a plastic portable pool in the garden of their home in Seville, Spain on Aug. 11, 2020. Caballos had to cancel his vacation due the restrictions of the coronavirus and now says "the pool is crucial to withstand the heat in the city". (AP Photo/ Laura Leon) Searching for a solution to keep cool, portable pools have become the newest fad, taking over backyards, terraces, communal patios and even the streets of Seville in the country's south. © Provided by Associated Press Lita Gomez drinks a glass of wine as she bathes in her new plastic jacuzzi in the garden of her home in Seville, Spain on Aug. 9, 2020. She always thought that it was a very stupid idea to have a pool in such small garden like her neighbours have, but now in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic "I can calm my envy by giving myself a very glamorous present with a jacuzzi even if it is just a plastic one. This year we don't dare to travel with the covid and the heat here in the city is unbearable'. (AP Photo/ Laura Leon) Sales of all portable pools, including the cheapest inflatable models, started this year as early as May, when Spain was still in the middle of a strict lockdown and few feared that their summer would mean they would be confined at home. By June, most models had sold out from shopping malls and online websites. Javier Salcedo, a 44-year-old construction manager in Seville, decided to purchase a sturdy model, a quality pool with plastic walls, but had to find it in the second-hand market. In hindsight, he's happy he didn't wait anymore. “It was easy to see," he said. “Public pools or private clubs were closed and the rest of the plans for the summer were up in the air.” But few own a private yard like Salcedo's in Sevilla, where thermometers that often hit the 40 C (104 F) mark can see even higher temperatures during heat waves. © Provided by Associated Press Two young girls play in a portable plastic pool in the garden of a home in Seville, on Aug. 5, 2020. The owner Barbara Larraneta bought it "like a lot of people in this city because of the heat, the covid and the lack of certainty about the summer and the restrictions". As pretty much everywhere else, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home for Spaniards. For many, of those furloughed or out of business it has also meant less income and no ways to afford a holiday to escape the sweltering temperatures of the Spanish summer. Searching for a solution to keep cool, portable pools have become the newest fad, taking over backyards, terraces, communal patios and even the streets of hot spots like Seville, in the country's south. (AP Photo/Laura Leon) Isabel, a 30-year-old who raises four children in one of the Seville's poorest neighborhoods, bought an inflatable pool especially to make the heat more bearable for a son who has Down syndrome. “I have no other place to put it but in the street,” she said. “It's horrible to live in these precarious circumstances.” With more than 377,000 total infections for the new virus and close to 29,000 confirmed deaths, Spain is trying to contain one of Europe’s most severe coronavirus outbreaks. In two months since ending a strict lockdown, the country has recorded close to 132,000 new infections. © Provided by Associated Press Luisa swims with her dog Oscar in a plastic pool in Seville, Spain on Aug. 16, 2020. They have had the pool for several years. On hot days she swims with her dogs. As pretty much everywhere else, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home for Spaniards. For many, of those furloughed or out of business it has also meant less income and no ways to afford a holiday to escape the sweltering temperatures of the Spanish summer. Searching for a solution to keep cool, portable pools have become the newest fad, taking over backyards, terraces, communal patios and even the streets of hot spots like Seville, in the country's south. (AP Photo/ Laura Leon) ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak Gallery: The world's most historic boardwalks and piers (Love Exploring)

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