During the weekend Sydneysiders flocked in droves to popular Bondi Beach despite NSW recording the highest daily COVID-19 cases since April 18.
When fears intensify from the pandemic reaching a “significant juncture” on Sunday, walkers and swimmers overwhelmed the promenade and grassy areas of Sydney’s popular beach as the state reported 18 new cases of the virus.
The eastern suburbs were soon established as a COVID-19 hotspot at the start of the pandemic, with a drive-through clinic set up in early April at Bondi Pavilion.
As a result of rising cases, NSW Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jeremy McAnulty called on residents to redouble their efforts on Sunday to stop the virus spreading.
“Don’t go anywhere where there is crowding,” he said. “Consider the use of masks in situations where you are unable to social distance.”
Also on Saturday, hundreds of patrons were seen lining up in Luna Park which reopened on July 3. The theme park opens for two sessions that last for four hours per day.
Hundreds of patrons were lined up shoulder-to-shoulder to join Saturday’s second session, despite the park imposing social distancing upon entry.
“Additional safety measures are in place, such as regular cleaning between rides, limiting the number of people on rides, health checks on arrival plus many more,” Luna Park’s website states.