A free app, developed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Tourism has been launched to help social distancing by showing beachgoers which areas are crowded.
Council leader Vikki Slade said: “With 15 miles of coastline, there is more than enough space for people to be able to spread themselves around and maintain social distancing which is pivotal to ensuring the minimal spread of this pandemic.”
BCP Beach Check uses a traffic light system to code beaches green, amber or red to show congestion levels.
Data for the app is provided via a number of sources including seafront rangers, CCTV and some footfall counters, BCP Council said.
The app covers 24 sections of beach between Sandbanks and Highcliffe.
Beaches included: Alum chine, Avon Beach, Boscombe East, Boscombe West, Bournemouth East, Bournemouth West, Branksome Chine, Branksome Dene Chine, Canford Cliffs, Durley Chine, Fishermans Walk, Flaghead Chine, Friar’s Cliff, Highcliffe beach, Highcliffe Castle, Manor Steps, Middle Chine, Mudeford Quay, Mudeford Sandspit, Shore Road, Solent Beach, and Southbourne.
The app is available for Apple or Android devices.