Waverley Council’s Summer 2020-21 Outdoor Public Spaces Operational Management Plan outlines Council’s measures for managing its beaches and open spaces in a COVID-safe way and in line with Public Health Orders (PHOs) and health advice.
The plan covers Waverley’s beaches, parks and reserves, the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, picnic tables, BBQs, and outdoor seating areas and outdoor fitness stations and playgrounds. Beach Ambassadors and other Council staff will be available to help, and Council will continue to manage our beaches and open spaces in line with our Summer Plan.
How is the virus spread?
The virus can spread from person to person through:
- close contact with an infectious person (including in the 48 hours before they had symptoms)
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
COVID-19 is a new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community. This means that COVID-19 could spread widely and quickly.
Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. A small number of people may have been infectious before their symptoms developed.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- fever (37.5 ° or higher)
- sore throat
- shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
- loss of taste
- loss of smell.
Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
How do I know if I have COVID-19?
Infection with COVID-19 is diagnosed by finding evidence of the virus in respiratory samples such as swabs from the back of the nose and throat or fluid from the lungs. Samples for testing can be taken directly by GPs, some private pathology collection centres, at your local COVID-19 testing or drive through clinic, or at public hospitals across NSW. For people not able to attend any of these, a self collect test is available through Histopath.
Refer to COVID-19 clinics for locations of NSW Health COVID-19 clinics.
Stay Safe when Travelling
- If you arrive and it is busy, head to one of our cafes, restaurants or shops. They need your support now more than ever. You can also visit Waverley Council’s social media pages for up to date information about Beach access.
- Download the COVIDSafe App: The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on this page before downloading.
- Symptoms: If you develop any of the symptoms highlighted above; react NOW and visit a COVID clinic.
- Protect yourself: Always practice safe handwashing; carry hand sanitizer, sneeze into your elbow and ensure you keep 1.5m distance from people as you travel.
What are Beach Ambassadors?
Beach Ambassadors are there to help the community stay in line with the current Public Health Orders. They will be monitoring visitor numbers at our beaches, parks, beach promenades and the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, reminding people to limit gatherings to 30 people as well as encouraging people to keep one towel-length apart.
Please note, Beach Ambassadors and Council rangers do not have the power to fine people for breaking the Public Health Orders. Please contact the police if you see anything that you believe is outside the public health orders, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.