Randwick Council Forced To Close Beaches Again After Overcrowding
Randwick City Council
Randwick City Council was forced to close Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beach today after crowds of Sydneysiders flocked to the areas despite social-distancing laws.
Lifeguards made the decision to shut down beaches shortly before 1pm today after reaching capacity.
The closures come just days after reopening, after people queued up in a line today, just to get in.
"This closure was really due to the behaviour. Very few people are actually exercising, they're having a splash in the water and that's not the purpose. We need to remind people the 'stay home' rule still applies," a spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Randwick City Council has since posted the following notice:
❌ UPDATE: BEACHES ARE CLOSED ❌
As many of you already know, we have had to close Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches.
Please understand our beaches are not open for leisure - they are open only for exercise - soft sand running/walking, surfing and swimming.
👉 Today we found too many people paddling at the shoreline for long periods of time. Although this is a fun activity, this is not the intended purpose for our beaches at this time.
👉 We will be opening beaches again tomorrow (Saturday) for exercise only. We reiterate - this is surfing, swimming and soft sand running/walking. 🏃♀️🏊♂️🏄♀️
👉 If too many people attend the beach for splash or paddle, we will need to close them again.
Our message is: Get Fit & Go! This means, a quick surf, swim or run and head home.