At the request of Victoria Police, Frankston City beaches were closed on 28 March to prevent people congregating in groups, in contravention of restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Since then the message from the Victorian Government has been clear - beaches remain off limits to gatherings.
Following a recommendation from Police and to bring Frankston City Council in line with neighbouring municipalities, Council Officers have determined that residents are able to access the beach for three strictly limited purposes:
- As a thoroughfare
- A place to exercise - including walking, and running
- A place for walking dogs (on beaches where and where permitted)
While Councillors have expressed deep concerns around the measures, Victoria Police has assured Council it is strictly enforcing all restricted activities, particularly over the Easter long weekend.
Council will not hesitate to reinstate full beach closures at short notice if the community fails to follow restrictions around gatherings and social distancing.
The measures follow the Victorian Government bans on boating and paddle sports, camping and fishing and the closures of boat ramps and piers.
Swimming is strongly discouraged and Surf Lifesaving Victoria has advised it will not be undertaking beach patrols over Easter.
Those accessing the beach must do so with no more than one other person or members of their household and stay on the move.
Breaching social distancing rules may attract a $1,652 on the spot fine.
For more information visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus