Coast KZN

14 Sep 2020

Yes, beaches are open but there’s still no swimming

Shona Aylward (South Coast Herald) Picture: Ramsgate beach.

There are currently no lifeguards on duty at South Coast beaches. Beaches are open to the public under lockdown level 2 regulations, but bathing remains prohibited.

As per the government gazette all persons visiting the beach must wear face masks. The relaxed regulations allow for recreational amenities to be used for activities such as jogging on the sand, walking, running, yoga and other healthy lifestyle exercises.

This is provided that there is strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.

At Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s Joint Operation Centre virtual meeting held last Friday, it was resolved that public amenities such as beaches, libraries and museums must be opened on October 1.  This decision was taken in consideration of several matters, including the fact that the country is under alert Level 2 which is meant to revive the economy, amongst other things.

The opening of the public amenities will be undertaken under strict Covid-19 regulations as per Government Gazette which prescribes that all persons visiting beaches, libraries and museums must wear masks or face shields (except when involved in physical activity), maintain social distance and sanitise at all times.