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All RNLI lifeguard services put on hold due to coronavirus

The RNLI has put the rollout of lifeguard patrols onto beaches on hold. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The RNLI has put the roll out of lifeguard patrols onto beaches in Jersey on hold.

This is to make sure staff keep to the Government's self distancing instructions.

The service was meant to start on Le Braye on 6 April, extending to St Ouen's Bay on 4 May, and then Plemont, Greve de Lecq and St Brelade on 25 May.

Lifeboat stations will remain in service and the lifeguard service will be constantly reviewed.

The RNLI has put the rollout of lifeguard patrols onto beaches on hold. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Lifeguards work and train in groups, which makes keeping the requirement to remain two metres apart difficult and the nature of their work with the public puts them and beach visitors at risk of close contact.

Also, their usual activity includes encouraging people to visit patrolled beaches and swim in certain areas this activity would go against the Government’s clear instruction for people to stay at home, maintain social distancing and not congregate in groups.

– RNLI

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