Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has announced the closure of three key beaches across the Gold Coast after hundreds were seen congregating at The Spit yesterday.
The Spit, Coolangatta beach and Surfers Paradise beach will all be closed from midnight Tuesday night, ahead of the Easter weekend.
“A majority of Gold Coasters are practicing social distancing and out-of-towners should do the same,” he said.
Cr Tate said he had been informed by Gold Coast police that many people who were at the beach yesterday had travelled from further inland.
“I will absolutely close more (beaches) if people don’t think this is for real,” Cr Tate warned.
Cr Tate said for now the other beaches would remain open for Gold Coast residents only.
“I say to Logan and Brisbane people, we love you, but we don’t want you visiting us right now,” the Mayor said.
“The beaches will remain open for our locals so that they can continue to walk and exercise.
“We are working through the finer details now, including having parking officers redeployed to the Spit to monitor illegal parking up there.
“I didn’t want to do this but over the weekend it showed me that especially people visiting from Brisbane are not listening to us.”
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll warned that police would patrol all beaches for people travelling from elsewhere.
“The Gold Coast Council has shut a number of its beaches. This will be heavily patrolled this weekend,” Ms Carroll said.
“But not only those beaches, all of the beaches as we go into Easter weekend.”
It comes after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s warning on Friday that tougher laws will be introduced if social distancing regulations aren’t followed.
“Going to the beach with your mates is not on. We’ve seen strong action on this from New South Wales and Victoria, and our mayors will not hesitate to take similar action,” she told the Today show on Friday morning.
“So, final warning everyone.”
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