Two Gold Coast beaches have been reopened, following two weeks of good behaviour by locals.
The caution tape has been removed from Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta as of noon today, with locals once again able to access the popular areas.
They were initially closed off in the lead up to the Easter weekend, to stop crowds flocking to the sand.
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The Spit will remain closed for the time being, along with all the council beachfront carparks along the beaches.
“The main reason for the carparks to remain closed at the moment is that I still want to discourage out-of-towners to stay away from our beaches.
“Our beaches is for the exercise of locals – that’s where our loyalty lies, for Gold Coasters to use Gold Coast beaches,” Mayor Tom Tate says.
Council is expected to review the remaining closures in another week.
“I think that we’ll take this week to see if the social distancing is quite good, then we’ll look at revisiting the decision this time next week.
“And if I can reopen The Spit, again, I’d love to do that, this would give us encouragement,” he said.
Though as a whole, the Mayor says he’s been really pleased with locals’ behaviour on the beach.
“Over the weekend, it’s been wonderful news, as I took a lot at our beaches, Gold Coasters are out there doing the right thing and practising social distancing.
“And what I say to that is ‘well done Gold Coasters’, and lifeguards been telling me that’s been happening all week,” Mayor Tate said.
Beaches Update. The Spit, including the off-leash beach is currently closed. All beachside car parks from Main Beach to Coolangatta remain closed. All other beaches are open for exercise however please try and limit your time at the beach. https://t.co/Yxalk3R8On pic.twitter.com/EU7qF4WrsF
— City of Gold Coast (@cityofgoldcoast) April 20, 2020