Drones to Monitor Maroubra Beach this Summer for COVID-19 Safety

Maroubra Beach
Photo Credit: Randwick City Council

The Randwick City Council has endorsed a $1.2 million plan to have drones monitor the crowds and ensure physical distancing at Maroubra beach and other popular beaches in eastern Sydney this summer

Four devices will be purchased and used by 1 Dec 2020, which will provide beachgoers with real-time details about the crowd capacity. Similarly, there are also steps to hire about 12 COVID marshalls who will look after the crowd and facilitate social distancing.

Additional toilet facilities will also be provided at the Maroubra beach to lessen the lines and avoid a convergence, which can help limit the spread of the virus. The beaches in Clovelly, Coogee, Frenchmans Bay, La Perouse and Yarra Bay will also have more temporary toilet installations.

“COVID marshals will be out and about providing a prominent visual reminder of the need to social distance and I encourage people to follow their advice for everyone’s health and wellbeing,”  Randwick City Mayor Danny Said in a press release, whilst acknowledging that access to beaches is vital to a person’s mental and physical wellbeing.

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“Additional technology such as live beach cameras will give people real-time information to view crowd numbers at the beach before leaving home. We’ll also be publishing daily updates on crowd capacity at popular beaches to help people make informed decisions as to when to visit the beach.”

Randwick City Council has live cameras around the beaches so locals may check the crowd before planning a trip. The mayor also reiterated the need to wear masks while heading to the beach. Swimmers are also encouraged to avoid visiting during peak hours or leave the site after they’re done swimming. 

“These simple steps will help Lifeguards and Life Savers keep our beaches open so that people can safely enjoy them this summer,” the mayor added.