Surfing now off limits in France
Did you see the mock National Security alert doing the rounds of social media earlier this week?
"Due to the threat posed by the Covid-19 virus, the Federal government has decided to limit access to surf beaches across Australia."
"Effective immediately, no person who doesn't live within a 2km radius of the coastline will be permitted to travel to the beach or enter the ocean."
"These conditions will be in place until at least 2034."
Now, in yet another mark of these strange, strange times, France is pushing to limit access to its surfing beaches - and it's not a gag.
France's Atlantic Maritime Prefecture have put in place containment rules restructing movement of citizens. According to France Bleu, a French public broadcaster (excuse the Google Translate jobbie):
"Still too many surfers and walkers were observed Tuesday on the coast, not respecting the confinement instructions. For the sub-prefect, the rules are clear: you can access the beach only if you live next door, and for a few minutes."
"No more walks on the beaches or surfing in the Basque Country. There are many who confuse confinement with vacations . This is the case of those who take advantage of forced rest to go picnic on the beach, meet friends, and sunbathe. Some even offer beautiful surfing sessions. It is forbidden, and this Wednesday morning a surfer was left with a PV on leaving the water."
The hastily drafted law decrees all nautical activities are prohibited for fifteen days:
"All nautical practices are prohibited, whether surfing or paddleboarding, whether you live nearby or not. Access to beaches is restricted under national restrictions: it is allowed to people who live very close to the beach, they can only stay a few minutes and be alone or with a child... "
The gendarmes are policing the confinement laws right across France with France Bleu reporting that at least one surfer has already been fined.
Couldn't possibly happen in Australia, right?