MidCoast beaches are closed to the public until the end of the school holiday period.
MidCoast Council has stated it will implement further closures to support NSW Police in their endeavours to stop non-essential outings.
Beaches across the Mid Coast will be closed to the public from midnight Wednesday, April 8.
This means no one can access any MidCoast Council controlled beaches across the region for any reason - including swimming, walking or fishing - and the NSW Police will be out enforcing these closures.
MidCoast Council is implementing these closures to support NSW Police in their endeavours to stop non-essential outings.
"Anyone caught flouting these rules will risk being fined by police," MidCoast Council's director of liveable communities Paul De Szell said.
"We know this will hit our community very hard, particularly with the school holidays coming, however it's a necessary closure at this time - we need to protect our community and we do not know who will breach the Public Health Order and still travel to the area."
The beach closures are the latest in a long list of council managed sites and facilities that have had to be restricted to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19 locally.
These closures include the Manning Regional Art Gallery, the Manning Entertainment Centre, parks and playgrounds, ocean baths and tidal pools, public swimming pools including YMCAs, the Taree airport terminal and more.
"We have 84 managed access tracks across 16 beaches along our coastline and the message from the NSW Police, with our support, is that you can expect to be caught and fined if you try and get on to one of these beaches."
For a full list of closures across the MidCoast head to Council's website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/covid19
To find out more about the NSW Government's Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 go to https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
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