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Beach-goers urged to stay socially distant as lifeguard cover increases

Beach-goers urged to stay socially distant as lifeguard cover increases

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:00am 14th June 2020.

People in Cornwall are being urged to stay socially distant on the coast as more beaches get lifeguard cover.

Six more stretches of sand now have RNLI patrols in the Duchy, bringing the total number to 15.

An announcement of further beaches to be lifeguarded from Saturday 20th June is expected to be made next week.

The RNLI says the first few weeks of having lifeguards back on beaches has helped it to properly test the new ways of operating safely during the pandemic, and it will soon confirm plans to provide a more comprehensive service.

In the meantime Cornwall Council, HM Coastguard and the RNLI are all repeating their messages that the sea is potentially dangerous in any conditions, and a family day out is safer on the sand.

Which beaches have lifeguard cover?

Sennen, Porthmeor, Hayle Towans, Poldhu, Praa Sands and Watergate Bay, Gwithian, Fistral, Mawgan Porth, Polzeath, Constantine, Perranporth, Widemouth, Porthtowan and Summerleaze.

“While we warmly welcome Lifeguards back to our beaches, there are concerns that this may cause people to relax their attention to beach safety and social distancing.”

“The threat of virus transfer remains as great as ever, so please keep at least 2 metres from other people. And remember, if you go into or onto the water you are risking not only your own life, but transferring Covd 19 to anyone who needs to help rescue you.”

“These are still dangerous times, and it is safer on the sand if you want to enjoy our glorious coast.”    

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection

Lifeboat crews remain on standby for any boating incidents, so if you see anyone in distress phone 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. 

Facilities such as toilets, shops and cafés have not yet reopened, so please plan your outing accordingly, and take your litter home if you can’t find an empty bin.

If you park your vehicle illegally, or where it may impede emergency services getting to and from a beach, you risk a fine and it being towed away.

Please be thoughtful, as some seaside approach roads are narrow, and you must bear social distancing in mind even when parking.

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