Advice after changes in lockdown measures
04 June 2020
Neath Port Talbot Council is warning any local visitors to Aberavon Beach not to go into the sea.
The council issued the warning after being informed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) that lifeguard supervision will not be in place along the beach during lockdown.
The RNLI is also urging people not to take risks near water.
Families are also being reminded that children’s play facilities on the Aberavon Seafront remain closed.
And local dog walkers on the seafront need to know the seasonal Aberavon Beach dog ban (May 1st – September 30th) is currently in place and that it will now be enforced with fines if necessary from Monday, June 8th.
The council announced shortly after the ban (a Public Space Protection Order) came into force it would not be enforcing the restriction as rigidly as normal due to the coronavirus emergency.
Given Welsh Government lockdown changes which began on June 1st however, (allowing people from two different households in the same local area to meet as long as they’re outdoors and maintain strict social distancing and hand hygiene) dog wardens will be patrolling the seafront this weekend, giving advice to anyone walking dogs that enforcement will start on Monday, June 8th.
In relation to the lockdown changes, the Welsh Government has made it clear that “local” means not travelling more than five miles from your home. This is to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading from one community to another - as people might be carrying the virus but not experiencing symptoms.
Cllr Ted Latham, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering said: “It's vital local beach visitors understand that at this stage, the RNLI is not providing its normal lifeguard service, so visitors must be extra cautious about how they use beaches.
“We would also remind people Welsh Government rules mean people should not travel more than five miles from home to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“Also we would respectfully remind people to maintain social distancing and to take any litter home with them.”