The government has put in place new beach measures in the Coastal Region at the height of December festivities to curb cases of insecurity and drowning.
As hundreds of people throng the beaches in Mombasa and Lamu counties for the Christmas and new year celebrations the government has announced restrictions governing use alcohol at the recreational facilities.
According to the authorities, alcohol has been banned in all public beaches with restrictions put in place to contain night activities along the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Beach New Measures Put in Place
“Whatever activities that might want to happen or occur during at night you must seek authorization from the beach management unit. However, you must understand that no alcohol is allowed at the beach,” noted the Police Officers.
Likewise, to guarantee security at night, more security personnel have been deployed to the coastal regions.
“We have a tourist police unit within the premises of the beach which is accessible and will be open so members of the public if you have an issue let it be reported there,” noted the Security Officers.
The Kenya Maritime Authority jointly with the security agencies on December 23, 2023, urged the public to comply with the regulations.
Beaches Pointed on Police Radar
The areas include Jomo Kenyatta public beach commonly known as Pirates beach, Sheli beach in Likoni and the ferry crossing channel.
In addition, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu counties have also been pointed out as areas that require monitoring. The beaches include Diani and Shimoni beaches in Kwale.
On the other hand, Bofa beach and Malindi Marine Park in Kilifi as well as Shella beach in Lamu county are also under surveillance.
Meanwhile, in the recent times several cases of people drowning have been reported ON several beaches in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.
Similarly, the Kenya Redcross representative in Mombasa noted that measures have been put in place to respond to any emergencies as Kenyans and tourists head to the Coast.
“We are ready we are here to provide mental health sessions; we will be here to provide first aid support we have ambulances on standby so for Redcross we are around till January,” noted Kenya Red Cross representative in the coast.
Worth noting, the coastal region records a high number of tourists both locally and internationally during the Christmas festivities with most of the hotels in the region fully booked.