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Wollongong City Council

Keep socially distant – even in good weather

Thursday 23 April 2020

With unseasonably warm weather forecast for the end of the week Wollongong City Council is reminding residents to continue to follow social and physical distancing guidelines.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said between the weather, Anzac Day and the school holidays people may be tempted to drop their guard against the Government-mandated steps to reduce the risk and spread of Coronavirus.

“We’ve been very fortunate in Australia and our city because the steps we’ve taken here in terms of social and physical distancing seem to be paying off. We need to keep up the good work and continue to follow the Government advice to mitigate the risk of this devastating virus,’’ he said.

“Ordinarily, this would be the time of year we’re talking about the end of our swim season and the past summer,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“Instead in the midst of more extraordinary circumstances where we’re asking people to consider the foreshore and beach as an area for exercising only, not socialising, and to be mindful of others when they’re there. And we’re asking people to not swim because we’ve removed the patrols early from the beaches. This means no flags, no swim.

“At Council, we’re continuing to respond to Government advice regarding social isolation and distancing in the delivery of all our services and we ask our community to do the same. We’re essentially asking people to support one another and to work together to protect our community’s vulnerable members.’’

Flags continues to remain down on Council’s 17 patrolled beaches, with the traditional end of season date of 26 April falling this weekend. The season ordinarily runs from September to April.

Council is also supporting NSW Police’s focus on discouraging gatherings and socialising at some key locations. From Friday we will, once again, close Sublime Point and Mt Keira Lookouts, the Flagstaff Hill upper, middle and lower car parks and limiting car parking at Bald Hill for the weekend. Social distancing requirements are in a place for the kiosk and amenities at Bald Hill which remain open. Council will also close the car park at the entrance to the Royal National Park in Otford.

“We know people are out, exercising in our beach precincts and we’re reminding people to continue to follow the Government’s advice. We need to continue to work together and do the right thing,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“I’d also like to remind dog owners that after Anzac Day access to our on-leash, timed access beaches will change from before 9am and after 6pm to before 9am and after 4pm for winter.’’