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Wollongong City Council

Beach season wraps up early

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Swim flags will come down early at all of Wollongong City Council’s 17 patrolled beaches.

Council has ended the beach season early, from 5pm today, Tuesday 31 March 2020, as part of our focus on supporting the Government’s social isolation and distancing advice.

“Beaches are no longer meeting places and are now limited to individuals to exercise and not to congregate. Please observe the social distancing requirements stipulated by the NSW Government. We know our community love their beaches but people should not be coming together in a public space to socialise and swim at this time,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“We are still seeing reports of people flouting the social distancing measures and this is the exact opposite of what is needed right now. Do the right thing, follow the guidelines and help to keep one another stay safe.

“I ask everyone at this time to stay up to date and to follow advice from the Government and health authorities. The measures and new fines the NSW State Government have announced today are hefty, and rightly so. Coronavirus could be a life-and-death matter for some people in our community and we all have a responsibility to work together and help one another.’’

As part of Council’s risk-based approach to service changes at this time, Council lifeguards will be onsite and pursue passive surveillance duties to ensure people are aware of the change. Beach amenities will remain open.

These changes to services will continue until the traditional end of season date, April 26 at which the presence of lifeguards at North Wollongong beach will be reviewed.

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