MEDIA RELEASE - Beachgoers urged to stay COVID Safe as warm weather beckons

Published On 27 November 2020 at 04:00 PM

Beachgoers are urged to do their bit to keep our beaches safe and open for all this weekend, with Sutherland Shire Lifeguards working with local authorities to manage crowd numbers ahead of a predicted increase in temperatures.

With COVID Safe measures still in place restricting the capacity of local beaches and public spaces, Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Steve Simpson, said it was vital that local residents and visitors to the region plan ahead if they intend to visit local beaches, taking care to avoid peak demand times.

“We know residents and visitors will be eager to make the most of warm weather by heading to our local beaches and outdoor open spaces, but we are urging everyone to plan carefully and not become complacent to ensure we can maintain social distancing,” Mayor Simpson said.

“It’s a team effort from all of us to combat the threat of COVID-19 community transmission and there are plenty of ways to continue enjoying our natural surrounds in a COVID Safe manner.”

Under the directives of leading health authorities, Council advises those considering visits to local beaches, parks and other popular public spaces lining the coastline and waterways to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Check for latest updates on beach capacity before you leave home via Council’s Facebook page and website www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au
  • Avoid crowds – plan visits outside of peak timeframes
  • Follow directions from on-site signage, Council Lifeguards and NSW Police
  • Be aware that beaches and carparks will be closed if they reach capacity

Lifeguards are extending their focus throughout the summer by not only maintaining beach safety, but also monitoring social distancing and visitor numbers across local beaches while working to support NSW Police.

“We are seeking commitment from all beachgoers to respect public health directives and our Lifeguards who are working hard to ensure our coastline remains accessible to all,” Mayor Simpson said.

“The responsibility is on all of us to be aware of guidelines and consider alternative plans so that we can all contribute to the safety of the wider community.

“Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to be COVID Safe no matter the day or weather forecast and remember to check for updates on changes to beaches – including beach and carpark closures if numbers reach capacity – via Council’s Facebook page and website.”

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