Covid safe summer: Managing our beaches and public spaces over summer

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Covid safe summer: Managing our beaches and public spaces over summer

Published 2 October 2020

Message from the Mayor

Councillor Susan Wynne, Mayor of Woollahra
Councillor Susan Wynne, Mayor of Woollahra

With warm weather forecast throughout summer we expect to see lots of people out enjoying our harbourside beaches and parks.

Your health is important and we need everyone’s help to ensure we continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and meet Public Health Orders, health regulations and advice and avoid overcrowding.

We would like to remind you to:

  • Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms. Visit NSW Health for more information
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m from anyone not from the same household
  • Ensure good hand hygiene
  • Wear a mask if indoors, or on public or community transport
  • Avoid crowds. If a location looks crowded please visit another location, or plan to visit at another time
  • Keep group gatherings to no more than 30 people.

We will have VMS signboards and signage at prominent locations to inform residents and visitors.

VMS sign

The VMS signboards will notify the community when a location is at near capacity or full and no further entry is permitted. Please check our Facebook page for updates.

Our staff will be working with local police to ensure compliance with public health requirements. Please cooperate with their advice and instructions. They are trying to protect the health and safety of beach and park patrons and we ask that you respect the role they are playing.

Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring crowds at the following beaches and parks.


  • Double Bay Beach
  • Redleaf Beach and Murray Rose Pool
  • Seven Shillings Beach
  • Lady Martins Beach
  • Rose Bay Beach
  • Parsley Bay Beach
  • Kutti Beach
  • Gibsons Beach
  • Watsons Bay Baths
  • Camp Cove


  • Rushcutters Bay Park
  • Yarranabbe Reserve
  • Steyne Park
  • Lyne Park
  • Robertson Park and Watsons Bay Baths

If these locations reach full capacity to the extent where social distancing requirements can not be met we will need to stop public entry until people leave the location and more space becomes available. It is unlikely we will need to close a location or require it to be vacated.

We will continue to liaise with the National Parks and Wildlife Service on the harbourside locations they manage:

  • Lady Bay Beach
  • Nielsen Park and beach
  • Milk Beach
  • Hermit Beach
  • Queens Beach

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction can contact Crime Stoppers:  
T:1800 333 000.

The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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