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Mauritius: Private activities prohibited on public beaches

Private parties are now banned on the Mauritian public beaches. The Ministry of lands and housing thus decided to crack down on those who would use public beaches for the holding of private activities.
As result, under Beach Authority Regulations Act 2004, any person who violates the regulations, among other fails to comply with a notice of contravention or any order given by a police officer or other, commits an offence. In addition, a person convicted is liable to a fine not exceeding Rs. 10,000 (Mauritian currency) and a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year.

In addition, a notice of contravention can be served by a police or an officer r in case that a person fails to comply with the conditions imposed in the authorisation as stipulated in the legislation of the Beach Authority.
The decision of the Ministry to take the necessary actions is due, because of private organized recently on public beaches around the island, as stated in the newspaper Le Matinal.
Moreover, operators do not hesitate to occupy large spaces for commercial purposes. The Department believes that the public beaches are intended only to the enjoyment of the general public.

Waheda Mungly

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