Some Sydney beaches have begun to reopen for certain periods of time in a bid to allow people a space to exercise.
However, with crowds of people flocking to the beaches over the weekend, it brings into question whether this is safe to do so just yet.
Randwick Council allowed Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches to open between 6am and 9am this weekend for exercise only. This came after the beaches had to be shut down on Friday following a brief reopening, as people weren’t following social distancing measures.
While the council attempted to make sure this didn’t happen again by only opening the beaches for three house, crowds of people still flocked to them yesterday.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told ABC on Sunday that councils are trying to do the right think to allow people back onto beaches but people must still adhere to social distancing rules.
“But we also have to be sensible we know that to keep safe we ave to social distance,” Mr Hazzard said.
“I think the councils are having a very tough time as a result of some selfish individuals who think that beaches are their own personal backyard as I heard someone say, well sorry, no they’re not, they’re actually a place that we all share and we have to share it safely.”
Despite social distancing rules, videos on social media posted on Sunday show just how busy Coogee beach was, with people packed together, dressed ready for a swim.
— Timothy O’Leary (@teoleary1) April 25, 2020
Moths to a flame at Coogee at 8.40 this morn.
Three hour opening hours going great guns*
*if you are the virus pic.twitter.com/0VPYikFHOv
— Ruth Wynn-Williams (@RuthWW) April 26, 2020
According to News.com.au, while the beaches were due to close at 9am, people were still on the beach at Coogee at 10:40am.
Fencing has also been placed around the beach in order to control entry and exit points, however, these seem to just create bottlenecks and leave people closer together.
Randwick Council will reassess the situation from today.