Council will close all beach side car parks in the city in a further bid to stop people flocking to Gold Coast beaches during the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes after the Mayor announced the closure of beaches at the Spit, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta from midnight Tuesday, after thousands of people hit the sand on the weekend.
All car parks from Main Beach to Coolangatta will be closed, starting from today.
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Work is already underway to completely shut the car park at The Spit with barriers installed by Council.
“We’ll shut as many as we can by Easter so the message is – there is no point coming to the beach, you won’t have anywhere to park,” Mayor Tom Tate said.
“It will be all beach side car parks, so locals can park where they normally park at their homes and the like, but as far as people jumping in their car and coming to the beach, it is not essential.”
On-street parking in beach side suburbs will not be affected.
Council has shut off more car parks in preparation for The Spit closure tonight. Surfers Paradise & Coolangatta beaches will be closed too. Details on @7NewsBrisbane @7NewsGoldCoast pic.twitter.com/c7RL6feYeq
— Carly Madsen (@Carly_Madsen) April 7, 2020
Council has opted not to put barriers up at the three beaches that will close tonight, but Mayor Tate says he will look at it if people don’t do the right thing.
“If it doesn’t work, we’ll step up and put up heavy fencing but I believe Gold Coasters will do the right thing and keep the social distancing and Police have the power to move people on.”
The closure of beaches at the Spit, Surfers and Coolangatta has raised concerns that people will flock to other popular beaches including Burleigh.
But the Mayor has warned if people do, he’ll close those beaches too.
“The health issue is the number one priority and really for people who won’t quite understand that, I’ve got to enforce further measures.”
“The message is, please don’t come to the beach, the only thing we want you to do is stay away.
“If you’re a local and you need to exercise on the beach, do it and go home.”