Police in Sydney have closed Bondi Beach after crowds exceeded Australia’s outdoor gathering limit.The country has banned outdoor gatherings of quite 500 people during a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
However large crowds of individuals are still flocking to beaches across Sydney, flouting advice to remain inside.Images from Bondi Beach on Friday showed swimmers, surfers and sunbathers packed in huge numbers onto the sand.
Police temporarily closed the beach on Saturday. it’s not clear when it’ll reopen to the general public .
New South Wales (NSW) Police Minister David Elliott said during a televised press conference that lifeguards would conduct a head count of the amount of individuals on the beach.
If numbers exceed 500, the beach are going to be closed and other people are going to be moved on. If anyone refuses to maneuver , the police are going to be brought in.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the beachgoers’ behaviour was “unacceptable” and called on local councils to step in to make sure people are complying with the social distancing advice. Under the recommendation , people should attempt to stay 1.5m (4 ft 10 in) apart.
Mr Elliott warned that other beaches could take similar action if people did not suits the regulations.
He told ABC News: “Some of the photos that I saw from this very beach, of dozens of families using communal showers and toilets is in complete denial of what this virus is all about.”
NSW Labor’s Shadow Treasurer, Walt Secord, urged the govt to think about closing the beach completely.
“The decisions we make today are often life and death decisions for people during a few days. People are ignoring the social-distancing guidelines and that i just think it’s absolutely ludicrous.”
New rules on socialising were announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday. Indoor venues like bars and restaurants must have a density of no quite one person per four square metres (43 sq ft) of floor space.
The previous overall limit of 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors remain in situ .
The number of coronavirus infections across Australia has risen to quite 1,000 and 7 people have died.