COVID rules ignored at Bronte Beach in Sydney as partygoers celebrate on Christmas Day

 

Riot Squad police have been called in to help break up a huge crowd of partygoers at Bronte Beach in Sydney on Christmas Day.

There was no social distancing in sight as the revved-up crowd drank and danced on Friday afternoon.

Pictures posted to Instagram show revellers wearing Santa hats, sitting on top of each other’s shoulders and taking photographs of each other.

There were very few, if any, face masks in sight, despite Sydney being in the middle of a series of COVID outbreaks.

“Not sure these peeps got the COVID memo,” one person wrote when the pictures emerged on Instagram.

“I’m not the Christmas grinch and I don’t begrudge anyone having a good time after the year we’ve had, but am I missing something?,” another wrote.

“How come only 10 people in a household, but over 200 people close together at Bronte?”

Crowds gathered and partied at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day.
Crowds gathered and partied at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day. Credit: Instagram

 

NSW Police confirmed officers were called to the beach around 3pm and were joined by members of the Public Order and Riot Squad.

Despite the restrictions for people gathering inside a household, up to 100 people are allowed together outdoors in the Greater Sydney area.

However, it was estimated that 200-300 people had gathered at Bronte Beach.

Police remained at the scene on Friday night to monitor the crowd.

‘Ignorant and idiotic’

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, NSW Health Minister described the gathering as “irresponsible, ignorant and idiotic.”

“It is a massive potential COVID-19 incubator,” he said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has implored NSW residents to avoid complacency over Christmas. Credit: AAP

Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged Sydneysiders to limit their movements over the Christmas period and avoid crowded shopping centres on Boxing Day.

The recent COVID outbreak in NSW currently sits at 118 cases.

Of that number, 108 are associated with a cluster at Avalon.

For an updated list of Sydney COVID hotspots, click here.




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