A reminder for residents to maintain COVID safety outdoors has been issued by Central Coast Council as restrictions ease slightly with outdoor gatherings of up to five doubly-vaccinated people from two separate households now allowed within the LGA.
Public play spaces, outdoor fitness equipment and skate parks are open in line with the latest direction from the NSW Government but residents are reminded to wash their hands before and after using any equipment.
Public reserves, shared pathways, boat ramps, public wharves and jetties, sports fields and other outdoor public spaces remain open.
The Central Coast beach patrol season kicked off from Saturday, September 18, with Council and Surf Life Saving Clubs commencing beach patrols.
Operational hours are 9am-5pm with flags up unless the beach is closed through dangerous surf conditions.
COVID-safe summer plans are in place to manage beach crowds and processes are in place for potential beach closures.
Council has been working closely with NSW Health, Central Coast Health, the Local Emergency Operations Controller (LEOCON) and other councils to ensure a consistent and compliant approach to this year’s patrol season in line with Public Health Orders.
Collaborative work will continue throughout the season to address any changes that may arise as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Council is encouraging beachgoers to exercise at quieter beaches or look to alternative open spaces areas, parks and reserves for exercise during peak periods.
Council will work with local police to monitor behaviour and penalties for not following restrictions are enforceable by police.
If beaches are crowded, Council suggests residents consider alternatives such as: going for a walk or run in a local park; riding a bike along a cycleway; taking your dog for a walk around your neighbourhood; kicking a ball at a sportsground; or hiking on a nature trail or visiting a scenic spot.