The Spit will be reopened to the public along with all beachside car parks as Council further eases coronavirus restrictions.
Car parks will gradually reopen from this afternoon while the Spit will reopen from midnight tonight.
However flags at all beaches will remain down.
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The move comes after the Premier announced the easing of some statewide stay-at-home restrictions from Saturday.
Queenslanders will be able to travel up to 50km for recreational purposes, have picnics and shop for non-essential items.
Mayor Tom Tate says it was a “cautious” decision but the measures that had been put in place have worked.
“I’ve always been reluctant to close the beach but now with the relaxation being signalled from the Prime Minister and the Premier we want to be at the forefront to do this,” Mayor Tate said.
The Spit along with beaches at Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta were shut earlier this month after thousands of out-of-towners flocked to the Gold Coast, ignoring social distancing rules.
The closure of beachside car parks soon followed in a bid to stop people travelling long distances.
The beaches at Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta were reopened last week.
Mayor Tate says most people have heeded the warnings and done the right thing with the number of cases falling.
Queensland Health data released on Sunday shows there are just 19 active cases of coronavirus on the Gold Coast.
“The majority of everyone out there are doing the social distancing and I congratulate Gold Coasters for doing that. We are combatting this COVID-19 together as shown by the data.”
The Mayor is confident the reopening won’t lead to another massive of influx of people from Logan and Brisbane hitting our beaches.
But he concedes some people will take advantage of the easing of restrictions.
“I would want to see locals to utilise our Spit so you’re going to take it on trust. You just got to look at the benefit for the majority outweighing some of the few out-of- towners who flaunt the law.”
The Mayor also welcomed the relaxation of rules on recreational boating and jet skis.
“I already know looking at the Broadwater that some people have already taken some liberties there and that’s another logical thing. If you’re on a jetski surely you’re socially distancing.”