Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Keel in Achill is one of nine beaches around the county that will be patrolled by lifeguards from this Saturday.

This week’s heat wave is well timed as Mayo Co Council confirms that beach lifeguarding will begin on official beaches from 12pm, this Saturday, May 30.

The beaches covered include: Keem Bay; Keel Beach; Silver Strand, Doogort; Mulranny Beach; Ross Strand, Killala; Carrowniskey Strand; Carrowmore Beach; Old Head Beach and Bertra Beach.

Lifeguarding season runs until  August 30 with lifeguards on duty every Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday from 12 – 6:30pm throughout June and every day from 12pm to 6.30pm in July and August

The local authority stresses that beaches can be visited only if they are within the 5km radius of home until Monday, June 8 when Phase 2 of the Government Roadmap for Re-opening is scheduled to commence.

Patrons are also reminded that the 2 metre social distancing rule MUST be observed by all including in any interaction with lifeguards.

Those visiting beaches in the coming weeks are urged to respect the instructions of the lifeguards and only swim within the bathing zone designated by flags.

If the yellow/red flag is flying it is safe to swim. A red flag flying means it is not safe to swim,

The county council is also appealing to all those using local beaches in the coming weeks to keep them clean and tidy and to bring their litter home.

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