Beaches begin to reopen
Now that Easter has passed, the weather is getting cooler, and the curves are getting flattened, various state governments are moving to relax their beach restrictions.
Many of the Qld, NSW, and Vic closures came into place just prior to Easter following a period of good weather. With similarly pleasant weather forecast for the Easter long weekend, many councils proactively closed their beaches.
From today, Randwick Council has reopened Maroubra and Coogee beaches with both accesible to surfers and swimmers. However, the beach itself - meaning the sand and beach park - will remain off limits for an indefinite period.
Just up the coast, Bronte, Tamarama, and Bondi remain closed with Waverley Council signalling they may open them next week.
At Cronulla, all Bate Bay beaches have now been reopened.
Up on the Gold Coast, Mayor Tom Tate today reopened The Spit, Surfers Paradise, and Coolangatta Beaches, which had been closed since April 7th. Carparks at The Spit will remain closed with Cr Tate saying, "I still want to discourage out-of-towners from coming to our beaches."
Over Easter, a number of councils in Victoria closed their beaches but all have since reopened.
Across the ditch, NZ PM Jacinda Ardern announced level 4 restrictions will cease next Monday, meaning surfers will again be free to visit the beach. By the time it's lifted, Kiwis will have been denied access to the beach - and many other places - for just over a month.
Despite the beaches reopening, travel restrictions remain in place with police in many jurisdictions still issuing fines for people caught traveling further than necessary to exercise.