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Beachgoers on Sydney’s northern beaches ignore the social distance rules for surfing and exercising

Which pandemic? Beachgoers in one of Australia’s coronavirus hotspots on Sydney’s Northern Beaches AGAIN ignore social distance rules for surfing and sun

  • Hundreds of people in Sydney’s northern beaches blatantly ignored social distance rules on Friday morning
  • Beachgoers flocked to Manly, Freshwater and Curl Curl for a swim and catch up with friends despite new rules
  • Gatherings of more than two people, except close family, are prohibited in NSW, during the COVID-19 crisis

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Beachgoers on Sydney’s northern beaches have been there by the hundreds to exercise and enjoy the sun and sand, seemingly ignoring Australia’s strict new social distance rules.

From Manly to Freshwater and Curl Curl, they turned out to be in place on Friday mornings to take advantage of another mild autumn morning to swim and catch up with friends in the morning – breaking the government’s ban on public gatherings of over two persons ignored.

In NSW, police imposed dozens of $ 1,000 fines on the spot for these breaches – but residents of the Northern Beaches didn’t seem to worry because they ignored strict rules, sat on surfboards in groups, and walked in large groups.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in NSW reached 2,389 on Friday, with 91 new cases in the past 24 hours. The state’s death toll is at 10.

The Northern Beaches, dubbed ‘the Insular Peninsula’ by other Sydneysiders, have the second highest number of coronavirus cases in NSW. There are 124 COVID-19 cases out there, second only to Waverley, who has 151.

Hundreds of people flocked to Manly Beach, on Sydney's northern beaches, Friday morning, despite social distance rules

Hundreds of people flocked to Manly Beach, on Sydney’s northern beaches, Friday morning, despite social distance rules

Beachgoers and residents seeking their daily dose of exercise sat together on the boardwalk

Beachgoers and residents seeking their daily dose of exercise sat together on the boardwalk

Beachgoers and residents seeking their daily dose of exercise sat together on the boardwalk

Walkers stand in front of a cafe on Friday - which should only serve takeaway and drinks - at Curl Curl

Walkers stand in front of a cafe on Friday - which should only serve takeaway and drinks - at Curl Curl

Walkers stand in front of a cafe on Friday – which should only serve takeaway and drinks – at Curl Curl

Groups did not follow social distance guidelines, including 1.5m stays from others while walking the northern beaches on Friday

Groups did not follow social distance guidelines, including 1.5m stays from others while walking the northern beaches on Friday

Groups did not follow social distance guidelines, including 1.5m stays from others while walking the northern beaches on Friday

As many as 11 cases have an unknown source of infection.

On March 29, there were 101 cases of COVID-19 in the peninsula, with Waverley at 137.

The Northern Beaches also have 11 locally acquired COVID-19 cases with an unknown source of infection.

Australians have been told to stay at home unless they go to work or school, shop for essentials, attend sports and medical appointments, or visit compassionate visits.

Gatherings of more than two people, except close family, are prohibited in NSW, as are all nonessential activities. Anyone who ignores the rules can be hit with a $ 1,000 fine on the spot.

Commissioner Mick Fuller said the rules will last 90 days until the end of June.

But residents of the Northern Beaches seemed unfazed by the rules when they came together in groups and kept 1.5 meters away from other beachgoers.

The majority of COVID-19 infections in the state are said to come from the eastern suburbs of Sydney, where hundreds of people flocked to the region’s popular beaches last week.

Surfers did not break the rules by sitting down on their plates for a Friday morning meeting

Surfers did not break the rules by sitting down on their plates for a Friday morning meeting

Surfers did not break the rules by sitting down on their plates for a Friday morning meeting

A backpack hike along the sand and exit Freshwater Beach after a Friday morning dive

A backpack hike along the sand and exit Freshwater Beach after a Friday morning dive

A backpack hike along the sand and exit Freshwater Beach after a Friday morning dive

Cyclists, walkers, surfers and runners all gathered on Manly Beach, north Sydney on Friday morning

Cyclists, walkers, surfers and runners all gathered on Manly Beach, north Sydney on Friday morning

Cyclists, walkers, surfers and runners all gathered on Manly Beach, north Sydney on Friday morning

A young woman walks along a track at Freshwater Beach on Friday morning

A young woman walks along a track at Freshwater Beach on Friday morning

A young woman walks along a track at Freshwater Beach on Friday morning

Residents ignored government requests to stay at home unless necessary by hanging around the boardwalk

Residents ignored government requests to stay at home unless necessary by hanging around the boardwalk

Residents ignored government requests to stay at home unless necessary by hanging around the boardwalk

Dozens of people were seen Friday morning as they walked and ran on a practice track

Dozens of people were seen Friday morning as they walked and ran on a practice track

Dozens of people were seen Friday morning as they walked and ran on a practice track

A group meets as they dry off after their Friday morning swim at Manly Beach

A group meets as they dry off after their Friday morning swim at Manly Beach

A group meets as they dry off after their Friday morning swim at Manly Beach

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