People observed good physical distancing at busy beaches today.

Ideal beach weather saw crowds flock to the Northern Beaches for the start of the summer season.

The NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council recently announced plans for remaining COVID-safe at the beach this summer.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a commonsense approach was needed.

“In NSW we are continuing to try to get the right balance between keeping the State open for business, while keeping control of the virus,” said Premier Berejiklian.

Member for Manly James Griffin said NSW will lead the way in showing the world how to enjoy the summer while remaining COVID-safe.

“We don’t need to retreat indoors this summer, we just have to do things a little differently so we can enjoy places like the Northern Beaches and stay safe,” said Mr Griffin.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said that staying COVID-safe was a shared responsibility.

“We really want to keep our beaches, parks, playgrounds and pools open so people can enjoy them to full this summer. If you get to a public place and it looks uncomfortably busy, it might be a good idea to try somewhere else, or try again later,” said Mayor Regan.

The public appears to have listened to the message when the Northern Beaches Advocate surveyed beaches between Mona Vale and Collaroy at lunchtime.

Every beach car park was full, with traffic queues at many, but on the sand people were heeding the physical distancing guidelines of having at least a towel length between groups from different households.

The mood was good-natured and calm at Mona Vale Beach (pictured above). People had spread along the length of the beach, which is noteworthy because the middle section is not close to car parking.

View from Collaroy to Narrabeen

Likewise at Collaroy (pictured) and Narrabeen, people spread themselves along the length of the beach with plenty of distance between groups.

Surf conditions were relatively calm and none of the beaches were observed to have more than one set of flags in operation.

A Lifeguard at one of the beaches said they were pleased at the crowd behaviour but the real test would come at the height of summer.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate