COVID-safe summer measures in place in the Beaches as weather warms up

ON PATROL: Police will have a visible presence at the beach over the weekend to ensure visitors are following the public health orders. Photo: Geoff Jones
ON PATROL: Police will have a visible presence at the beach over the weekend to ensure visitors are following the public health orders. Photo: Geoff Jones

Warm spring weather forecast for the weekend is expected to bring crowds to the beaches.

Sydney's in for a warm weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures set to hit a top of 28 on Saturday and Sunday. But those heading down to the beach this weekend for a swim are being reminded to take COVID safety seriously.

With stay at home orders still in effect, the Northern Beaches Council will be reinstating their "COVID safe summer plan" to keep crowds under control on the beach as the weather warms up.

Beachgoers can expect to see traffic control signs notifying people of capacity, lifeguards on loudspeakers reminding people to keep their distance and a large number of police and council rangers on patrol.

Surf lifesavers will also be using drones to monitor crowding on the sand from overhead. If the number of people in any area gets too big, or social-distancing is not being maintained, lifesavers will request people disperse.

Along Manly's beachfront parking has been limited to one hour at a time to ensure people do not spend more than their fair share of time in the water.

Speaking to the ABC, Northern Beaches mayor Michael Regan said police, council rangers and surf lifesavers have worked "really well together" to ensure the community stays COVID-safe on the sand.

"The police and the rangers and the lifeguards are all very well versed in this now, they're very sensible. And to be honest the community does the right thing and if they see it's too busy they turn around anyway," he said.

"It kind of works and it self regulates, but if it gets too bad police do have the authority to close the beach down, fortunately they haven't really had to use that."

NSW Police say they will continue their high visibility operation to enforce the public health orders across the Beaches this weekend.

"As part of Operation Stay at Home, operations will continue across the weekend to ensure people comply with the current Stay at Home orders in place," a spokesperson for NSW Police said.

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