Flags to come down across Qld beaches

FLAGS will be pulled across our beaches in a bid to help reduce the spread of coronavirus by stopping people from congregating too close on the sand.

From tomorrow, volunteer beach patrols will shift to ‘surveillance’ patrols but will still be on the beaches ready to respond if needed.

SLSQ General Manager of Lifesaving Kaitlyn Akers said they are committed to zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters, and the safety of Queenslanders during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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“While there will be no flagged designated swimming areas, lifesavers will remain on our beaches on a surveillance patrol,” she said.

“Surf lifesavers will continue to be actively advising beachgoers of warnings and performing preventative actions, to ensure beachgoers safety.

“We ask members of the public re-consider their need to visit our beaches and avoid swimming for their own safety.”

Ms Akers said the decision was made in the interest of public safety and member welfare.

“This decision has been made in line with the warnings against the congregation of crowds, due to the likelihood of crowds occurring in flagged designated swimming areas on our beaches,” she said.

“We encourage the public to follow government direction to stay home and practice social distancing.”

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I would like to think that we would be allowed to keep using the beach for walking and fishing. I have noticed a significant reduction in numbers of people on the beach (just north of Surfers Paradise) this week but agree with taking down the flags to prevent clusters as mentioned in the article.