The COVID-19 Action Plan for Public Open Spaces supports NSW Public Health Orders and recommendations and provides a framework for how Council will work with NSW Police, Surf Lifesaving and other authorities now and as restrictions ease. 

It details proactive measures Council will implement including:

  • establishing a Beach Safety Working Group with key stakeholders to deliver a coordinated response;
  • activating additional flagged areas to reduce crowd density as required;
  • increasing cleansing of public places;
  • monitoring by rangers and lifeguards with reminders of social distancing and crowd gathering restrictions;
  • ongoing review of parking restrictions;
  • regular and consistent communication through onsite signage, website, lifeguard announcements and other digital and social channels.

The Plan also details how Council will apply a staged response based on actual and forecasted crowd levels at beaches, considering crowd densities calculated for each beach when social distancing restrictions are applied.