Restrictions advising members of the public to stay out of the sea, and to avoid walking below the high tide line across all Thanet beaches, will remain in place this weekend (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June). Red flags will remain in place on all RNLI lifeguarded beaches and over 200 signs and notices have now been displayed across the district’s bays to ensure that beach users are aware. Thanet District Council is working closely with the Environment Agency to monitor water quality tests which will then be used to help determine when it is safe to lift the restriction on bathing in the sea. Although initial results have indicated that the situation is improving, a decision to lift the ban on bathing will not be taken until all results to water quality tests carried out this week are revealed. The council will also continue to monitor the coastline to ensure the bays are free from debris and will be seeking assurance from Southern Water that the sewage pumping station is in full working order as part of its decision. Although the public are advised to stay out of the sea, and above the high tide line, all beaches and promenades remain open for access and beach concessions are open for business as usual. Members of the public are advised if they wish to report a pollution incident to call the Environment Agency 24 hour emergency line on 0800 807060. A further update will be published on Monday 11 June.