Surf's Up..? Premier Gladys Announces Strict New Beach Rules For NSW This Summer

We're only 70 days away from summer, and this year, it'll look different.

We're only 70 days away from summer, and, in NSW at least, it'll look very different.

Bondi, Coogee and other big-name NSW beaches could be looking a little less packed when summer rolls around, if all goes according to the state’s new COVID-19 summer safe plan.

Launched yesterday, the plan asks that beachgoers stay a towel-length distance apart, avoid going at midday and keep an ear out for lifeguards or other authorities, reports Sydney Morning Herald. The plan also encourages cafés and restaurants to set up and use more outdoor dining, as well as promises more support to councils to promote lesser-known (and therefore less busy) locations.

“We know how much our community loves fresh air, beaches and parklands, but we will all need to do that a bit differently this summer,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. “In NSW, we are continuing to try to get the right balance between keeping the State open for business, while keeping control of the virus.”

A “COVID Safe summer program” of events in parklands and public spaces was also unveiled in the plan, reports news.com.au. The program will look to move events normally held indoors out into the open to help with social distancing and contract tracing. These are just some of the creative ways governments, event organisers and even clothing designers are looking to combat the spread of coronavirus while ensuring we can all still have a good time and go about out our lives in this 'new normal'. From COVID-proof rave suits to pig pen concert situations, we have to say, we're kinda enjoying the novelty factor for now. 

Yesterday, NSW recorded four new cases of coronavirus – three from returned travellers. Victoria had 11 new cases and Queensland had just one.

If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.

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