Meet the newly-appointed 'ambassadors' keeping Bondi and neighbouring beaches COVID-safe.
That means gatherings of no more than 30 people and keeping a towel length distance from others while using beaches.
As well as patrolling beaches, the ambassadors will gently oversee social distancing and group gathering requirements at selected parks and reserves, the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, picnic tables, BBQs, outdoor seating areas, fitness stations and playgrounds.
Introducing the ambassadors at a press call at Bondi beach, Mayor Paula Masselos urged the beachgoers to be vigilant. “We can all enjoy our beautiful parks and beaches when everyone cooperates,” she said.
“If a beach or other outdoor space looks busy, please come back another time or use that time to visit one of our many local businesses.”
Councillor Masselos said information on the crowd status of major beaches was available on the Waverley Council website and social media channels. There are also advisory messages at bus stops, train stations and on main roads.
She stressed that it was crucial for people to avoid public spaces if they have any doubts about their health status. “If you feel unwell, please stay at home and get tested, and remain in isolation until you receive a negative result.”
The Mayor said the ambassadors had been carefully selected to ensure their approach to people breaking public health rules is friendly and diplomatic.
COVID measures at Randwick LGA beaches
Meanwhile, Maroubra and the other beaches that come under Randwick City Council will be patrolled by a different team of 12 COVID marshals who will to work as required over summer on weekends and public holidays.
In addition, new live cameras will be installed at La Perouse, Frenchmans Bay, Yarra Bay and Gordons Bay, providing beachgoers with real time information on beach crowd capacity. And there’ll be large variable message signs at key locations such as the approach to La Perouse to communicate the crowd status of beaches, along with information on access issues such as when parking is at capacity.
At Little Bay, a new staircase will be built to provide separated entry and exit points for beachgoers, providing more space for social distancing.
And if you see something flying above the beach, it may not be a seagull. Randwick Council be using four drones to monitor beach numbers using artificial intelligence software.
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