This morning the BBC news has been covering a campaign to gather support for lifeguards, many of whom have be laid off or not employed under seasonal contracts and due to individual circumstance are or may not be covered by the main employment support mechanisms. RLNI, the largest single provider of lifeguards, suspended (all?) UK lifeguard services on 26 March. Those areas that do not use RLNI staff have tackled the issues of provision and of seasonal staff in different ways, dependent on local conditions and circumstances. I am aware that there are concerns about the provision of staff in the longer term and some contingency planning around how to manage both beaches access and lifeguard provision during any future relaxation of social distancing and lock-down.
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I am still trying to get firm guidance on dog bans on bathing beaches (in England). It has been confirmed by Defra that the dog bans are a stipulation of the beach awards system and not a legal requirement of the bathing water legislation. Ultimately it is therefore a matter for the local bathing water controller to decided, if the seasonal ban on dogs (usually applied in or from 1 May) are enforced. I am now trying to get some guidance on how that will impact on beach awards, if indeed it is regarded as relevant, in the current circumstances.