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Date published: 15th May 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the RNLI has had to delay the start of lifeguard services on certain beaches and withdraw services on others. For the time being their familiar flags marking safe bathing areas, warning flags showing unsafe conditions, and their reassuring Lifeguards, will be missing.

North Norfolk District Council would normally have Lifeguard cover on our six award winning beaches (Sheringham, West Runton, East Runton, Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling) from this Saturday onwards marking the start of the summer season.

NNDC’s Portfolio Holder for Culture & Wellbeing, Cllr. Virginia Gay, said:

“Like the advice around COVID-19 itself, this means extra vigilance by the public in order to remain safe. Please be aware should you wish to visit any of the above six beaches that there will no longer be Lifeguards keeping an eagle eye out for people in danger or in need of rescue.

“I would urge beach users and walkers, especially parents, to be extra cautious as there are no Lifeguards in place.  We must follow the Government's anti-virus guidelines, but if we choose to use the beaches for our daily exercise we must all take responsibility for our own safety in the water.  We must heed the warning signs advising us of local hazards, check tide time to avoid being cut off, and inform ourselves of weather conditions before setting out into, or onto, the sea.”

The RNLI's Lifeboat stations remain on service. The RNLI says it is working towards providing a peak summer season service, and so further information will be provided once confirmation has been received by the RNLI. For more information and advice on safe use of the beaches during the pandemic, the RNLI have released safety guidelines


Last updated: 15th May 2020