Shoalhaven City Council is warning beach goers that a visit to a local beach that requires non-essential travel could result in a large fine and is not worth the risk, this Easter long weekend.
Beaches in the Shoalhaven remain open for individuals who can exercise close to home, with one other person or family members. Beaches are not patrolled, and swimming is at an individual’s own risk.
Council is reminding visitors and residents not to drive to the region's beaches while the restrictions on movement and gatherings are in place, especially during the Easter and school holiday period.
The Shoalhaven has many beaches but currently the NSW Government Public Health Act dictates that the beaches are off-limits for most beach lovers unless exercising.
Volunteer surf lifesavers have stopped beach patrols in March to stop people from congregating.
Council does not want to close beaches, however, is concerned that people flouting social distancing measures could endanger the entire Shoalhaven community. South Coast Police are working with Council to ensure the Public Health Act is adhered to and individuals are not travelling unnecessarily.
In order to bring the COVID-19 outbreak under control, Council is asking visitors and residents to do the right thing, follow the guidelines and stay home.
You can report anyone who doesn’t comply with public health advice to Crime Stoppers online at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au
For more information on coronavirus, including updates, alerts and resources, please visit the NSW Health website. Alternatively, you can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line (1800 020 080) for information on novel coronavirus. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.