All beaches in the City of Greater Geelong are now closed for public gatherings, in line with the latest directions from the Australian and Victorian governments.
The City has joined with the Barwon Coast Committee of Management and Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management to implement a blanket closure for public gatherings on beaches across the municipality.
National Cabinet agreed on Sunday to restrict both indoor and outdoor gatherings to people living in the same household or two persons only.
The community is required to stay home unless they are accessing food and supplies; health care, work or education and limited daily exercise.
The beach closures are in line with the prohibited gatherings and non-essential activities directions, aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The City encourages the community to abide by the closures and follow directives to stay home as much as possible.
Victoria Police has the authority to issue fines up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow the directives.
Information about how the City is responding to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation can be viewed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/covid19
Health-related advice and resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Barwon Coast Committee of Management manages the coastline from Collendina through to Blue Rocks, west of Barwon Heads.
Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management manages the coastline from Point Richards to St Leonards.
WHEN CAN I VISIT THE BEACH?
- IF you can stay home, you must stay home.
- YOU can’t linger or gather on the beach.
- YOU can visit the beach for limited daily exercise.
- YOU can only go with one other person or members of your household.
- YOU must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people at all times.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
We all love a day at the beach, but in these circumstances it’s no longer an option, so we support our foreshore committees Barwon Coast and Bellarine Bayside in deciding to close beaches for gatherings. The health and safety of the community must be the top priority.
Exercise is still permitted, so as long as you’re still moving it’s okay to use the beach to walk, swim or run. What is not allowed is spending time on the beach sitting, sunbaking or gathering in groups of more than two.
With Victoria now moving to a stage three shutdown, we urge everyone to follow the advice of authorities by staying home as much as you possibly can. If we all take personal responsibility, we can save many lives. Please do the right thing for yourselves, your families and the community as a whole.
Gary McPike, CEO, Barwon Coast Committee of Management
The message is very clear - if you can, stay at home. If you are going to the beach to exercise, remember to practice social distance and don’t stay there.
Rodney Newnham, Acting CEO, Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management
To date, we have observed responsible use of beaches on the northern Bellarine Peninsula.
In an effort to ensure this continues, we are taking a collaborative approach with the City of Greater Geelong and Barwon Coast Committee of Management and adhering to government directives to get the message out there about current guidelines on beach use.