An eastern suburbs council that opened its beaches for exercise has been forced to tighten restrictions again ahead of forecast hot weather.

Council workers began gating off the central stairs on the promenade after people congregated, forcing visitors to funnel through one section to enter the beach and leave via another.
Randwick mayor Danny Said said most people were doing the right thing.
“But we are seeing more people attending our beaches, gathering and sitting. I want to remind people that the NSW Public Health order to stay at home remains in effect. If you are leaving your home for exercise, please exercise locally. If you are attending the beach to exercise, please do your exercise and leave,” he said.
With temperatures predicted to reach 28ºC on Friday and Sunday, the council will restrict access to Clovelly’s promenade from Wednesday, after only opening it on Monday, to prevent people from gathering and sunbathing.
Cr Said said council staff were also permanently stationed at Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra beaches, and Gordons Bay was closed.
“We’re mindful of the hot weather forecast for the next week and we are doing everything we can to maintain access for exercise purposes,” he said.
“If everybody does the right thing, we can continue providing access to the beaches for exercise. I encourage people to be responsible and considerate.”
Steve Gregory with his daughter Annabelle at Coogee Beach.Credit:Louise Kennerley
Steve Gregory and his daughter Annabelle, 4, went for a swim at Coogee on Tuesday when crowds had eased.
“I think everyone is getting it,” he said.
“You can see everyone’s on edge. No one’s sitting around, they’re trying to look busy.”
A Sutherland Shire spokesperson said lifeguards were tasked with counting heads in the water and on the beach every hour, and if the community didn’t abide by social distancing rules the council would be forced to close its beaches.
A Waverley Council spokesperson said the council had no intention of reopening its beaches but was working on a plan to provide strictly managed access to the water.
“We are currently working on this plan including timeframes and will make an announcement in due course,” the spokesperson said.
It comes after Waverley, which presides over Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beaches, was in discussions with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard about allowing surfers and ocean swimmers in the water.
Angus Thompson is an Urban Affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.