Covid-19: Union warns of lifeguard shortage as gov’t beaches reopen; 8 now allowed at restaurant tables

Hong Kong has a “serious lifeguard shortage” and visitors to beaches and pools should take extra care, a union spokesperson warned as government-managed beaches reopened under eased Covid-19 restrictions.

“I have to urge citizens to be careful when swimming in pools or beaches, because the LCSD has lowered the number of staff for rescue procedures due to the shortage of staff,” said Nick Wu, spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards’ Union.

Lung Mei Beach, Tai Po. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The lack of communication between the government and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) was the main reason why fewer than half the city’s gazetted beaches could provide lifeguard services, Wu told RTHK.

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