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City’s Identikidz registers more than 5 000 children in one day<p> </p><span><p>'The Identikidz programme is there to ensure the safety of our youngest, and most vulnerable, beach visitors. The City's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department and Disaster Risk Management Centre are going the extra mile in ensuring that our workers on the beaches are well trained and adhere to the required COVID rules. <br><br>Unfortunately, there are parents and caregivers who refuse the armbands or are rude when approached to register their children,' said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.<br>This was a particular problem at Strand beach yesterday, where a beach visitor was also caught stealing sanitiser and other resources from the Identikidz container.<br><br>The City’s Recreation and Parks Department recorded no drowning incidents on what was an otherwise reasonably quiet day on the beaches. <br><br>While Reconciliation Day does see an increase in visitors to the beach, the priority days are Boxing Day and New Year’s. <br>This year, beach visits are limited to between 09:00 and 18:00, in line with amended Alert Level 1 disaster management regulations announced by the president recently. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:687px;" /></figure></span><p>Beachgoers are also reminded to wear their mask at all times, except when swimming as it is not practical to swim while wearing a mask; to ensure social distancing between their group and other beachgoers, and to sanitise their hands regularly while out and about. <br>'I want to encourage visitors to wear their masks and maintain social distancing even when visiting the beach and other outdoor facilities. The safety protocols are also valid for those waiting in queues outside swimming pools. Remember pools operate at a reduced capacity and you can only visit the beach from 09:00 to 18:00. The rules are there to keep everyone safe and I encourage everyone to adhere to it so we can be assured of a safer festive season', said Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>The public is reminded that the introduction and consumption of alcohol on beaches and any other public spaces is prohibited, not only in terms of the City’s by-laws, but also in terms of the disaster management regulations.</p><p>‘Alcohol on our beaches is a problem year after year. We have so many examples of how alcohol use in this setting impacts on drowning incidents and other anti-social behaviours, yet there are those among us who persist with this unlawful activity. We need to have our wits about us when on the road or at the beach, and especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcohol impairs an individual’s judgment, often with devastating results. I implore the public to leave the booze at home and if you must have a drink, do so once you return from the beach. If not for your own safety, for that of others,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><br> <br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span>2020-12-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1;L0|#0bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1|Beaches;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ff73a914-f2ae-48f8-964e-bc5b1f4f1d54;L0|#0ff73a914-f2ae-48f8-964e-bc5b1f4f1d54|identification;GP0|#550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0;L0|#0550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0|Safety10

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