If you’re relying on a car, don’t expect a day at the beach this summer.
To cap off a banner year, coastal councils are targeting car parks and barbecue areas at beaches in their COVID-19 summer action plans.
The Northern Beaches Council plans to review options to change its pay-and-display machines’ parking time limits and to keep overflow car parks closed.
Similarly, Waverly Council will close car parks at Bondi Beach altogether, and even install temporary fencing and ask NSW Police to attend as the beach reaches capacity.
These moves will encourage social distancing ahead of summer, with fears that unregulated beach-going will facilitate the spread of the novel coronavirus. The changes are also part of an effort to preserve beaches for locals.
Randwick City Council, meanwhile, is considering measures to “promote turnover” in its coastal car parks, with total closures not yet among them.
Crowds at Sydney beaches earlier in the year caused alarm for councils, and beach-goers’ disregard for distancing in the recent European summer signal what’s ahead for Australia if changes are not made.