Jackboot comes down on happy beachgoers.
Following a sparkling day at Bondi Beach where the temperature scratched one hundred degrees (38 c) and tanned bodies lay everywhere in seductive piles thereby failing to implement “social distancing”, and the subsequent outrage on social media, the NSW government has shuttered the famous beach to the public.
Here’s a taste of the outrage.
Yep, we’ve made the Big Time. Our world class stupidity. https://t.co/RqO7sCzgcP
— Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) March 20, 2020
I can’t not say anything. As a #GP working in #Bondi and living in this area with my children, I am appalled at the lack of disregard by many for how serious this all this. #Bondi this is NOT #SocialDistancing. You are contributing to the spread of #covid 😡 pic.twitter.com/jCtXV6gght
— Amandeep (@Dochansra) March 20, 2020
Such wrath from the vulgar bourgeoise.
In response and with social media now driving public policy, the NSW government said it was shutting down the beach, effective immediately.
From the national broadcaster,
The closure is temporary and the measure will extend to other beaches if social-distancing rules, which have banned non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people, are being flouted.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott ordered the beach to be shut on Saturday afternoon.
I just walked down to examine how the ban is being implemented.
Scores of cops on horses? Temporary fences?
And what counts as the beach, the sand to the high-water mark? The grassy bits? The neighbourhood bars and yoga studios, currently brimful?
No official response on the ground yet.
Will report as it happens.
Meanwhile, four-foot, low-tide closeouts pound a straight sandbank.
Could be good on the late high.
Will paddle around from behind Icebergs, least crowded day of the year I would suggest.
Update: Cops arriving to patrol beach access. Lifeguards have ordered the smattering of people off the beach; clubbies in inflatable raft ordered surfers, including me, out of the water.
Other beaches could follow, warns the government, if people remain “defiant.”
No word, yet, on how long the ban will remain in effect, perhaps once the people can prove they’re no longer defiant etc.