Update on our beach closures

Published on 08 April 2020

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We confirm all beaches in the MidCoast area that fall under the control of Council, will be closed from midnight tonight (Wednesday 8 April) until the end of the school holidays.

This decision was made to support NSW Police as a deterrent for visitors coming to the MidCoast Council area during the Easter break, as there is significant concern over the number of people travelling here who are likely to congregate on our beaches during this holiday period.

NSW Police are the enforcement body for the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order in relation to the use of beaches during the closure. The NSW Police have now clarified their position that the beaches are able to be used for exercise if you stay in groups of a maximum of two, or are with members of your household, and social distancing requirements are maintained. Exercise includes walking, swimming and surfing. If you are concerned about what activities can or cannot be undertaken on closed beaches, please contact your local police station.

Some beaches within our region are within a National Park and fall under the control of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Please contact them for the latest information on their beaches.

The decision to close beaches has been made in consultation with local authorities in an effort to protect the local community and slow the spread of COVID-19 during what is traditionally a peak tourist period.

Police and locals are already reporting an influx of visitors to some of our coastal locations, making the enforcement of social distancing requirements crucial.

For a full list of closures across the MidCoast head to our website  www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/covid19