Foreign backpackers filmed partying at Bondi while shamelessly ignoring the distance to the corona virus
A group of young European revelers were filmed ignoring all COVID-19 social distance rules while cramming together for a barbecue in a Bondi apartment.
The images taken on Tuesday night show men and women in their twenties busy in a backyard and an adjoining living room, drinking, smoking and laughing.
They seem alarmed when they realize they are being filmed by a neighbor while some of them warn the others that they have been arrested.
The man who made the video told Daily Mail Australia, “I asked them if they thought this was a joke and that the coronavirus is serious, but they told me to stop.”
“I brought information about coronavirus and they just didn’t care.”
A group of young European revelers were filmed ignoring all COVID-19 social distance rules cramming for a barbecue in a Bondi apartment on Tuesday night
The building where the party took place is on the right in this photo. The group was filmed over the wooden fence
Neighbors said that the residents of the Ocean Street property and their visitors were mainly Spanish, French and British and some seemed to have a work visa.
Spain has 94,417 confirmed coronavirus cases and 8,189 fatalities, France has 52,128 cases and 3,523 deaths, while the UK equivalent numbers are 25,150 and 1,829.
In the Bondi video, at least 14 people sit and stand around – some drinking Coronas – until one of them sees a camera used to film over their fence.
‘Hello! You can’t take photos, ”shouts a woman holding a beer bottle while she laughs.
Another woman then warns the rest of the crowd and says in Spanish, “Someone is taking photos, look.”
A third woman in the backyard covers her face while someone else in the background says “Que pasa?” (“What’s going on?”) And several partygoers in the apartment get off a couch.
A man then walks into the backyard from the living room, puts his hand on the camera lens and says, “None of us are sick, it’s all good.”
Partygoers relax in the backyard of the Ocean Street apartment while enjoying a drink and a smoke
The group ignores all social distance rules while one of them mans the barbecue
Residents of the block of units where the Tuesday night party took place have been repeatedly warned of the noise coming from their apartments
Real estate ads suggest that about seven residents pay $ 250 per week to live in the fully furnished three-bedroom apartment.
A neighbor said that Daily Mail Australia police were called to the building on Tuesday at 9:45 PM and scattered the crowd, but the group later resumed their parties.
The neighbor who made the video lived nearby with his partner and wanted to remain anonymous.
“They had a big party on Friday night, but last night there was good music and people walked in and out of the apartment building,” he said.
“Other residents looked from the street and wondered what was going on and I was tired of the noise.”
“So I walked behind the red brick building and decided to make a video of it.”
The funniest thing was that the boys were super apologetic and admitted they were throwing a house party for a friend who was leaving the country tomorrow.
“But the girls went crazy and told me to ‘fuck’ or ‘start fucking myself’.
Bondi is a coronavirus hotspot where police have had to force backpackers and others off the sand. Bondi Beach is shown as it closed on March 21
Several of the partygoers realize they are being filmed and warn everyone else if any of their numbers are approaching the back fence
A man who walked out of the living room puts his hand on the camera lens and says, “None of us are sick, it’s all right”
‘The noise has long been a major problem on the street. Look, I love a party and they are here for a limited time and just want to have fun … but it’s selfish. ‘
Another neighbor, who did not want to be named, said that he had already lived in the building behind the party residence for a week and had already noticed rough behavior.
“They’re usually very loud in their rooms … four or five can yell at each other,” he said.
“I remember it was very hard last night, it was walking into the backyard. I know many people in the building think it is a problem. ‘
The incident is only the latest in a series of blatant violations of COVID-19 social distance rules observed among young people in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Bondi residents tested for coronavirus in the suburb’s free pop-up clinic have expressed their anger at backpackers throwing parties.
Residents lined up in the eight test centers set up by nurses at St Vincent’s Hospital in Bondi Pavilion on Wednesday to be tested for COVID-19.
A dustbin is outside the party house on Ocean Street in Bondi (left) and a lane leading down to where the party was held (right)
A woman who lives with one housemate and wants to remain anonymous said that backpackers should simply return to their home country.
“I looked like them and I didn’t care, many of them are ignoring the rules,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
Paul Dias, the owner of Beach Fit in Bondi, decided to get tested as a precaution.
“Some people just don’t care,” he said. “Backpackers, it’s not their country, but they just want to keep partying. It’s just not fair.
“They still party on rooftops at night, and there are about 60 people. They think they may not get it, but anyone can get it. Young people die from it. ‘
Ocean swimmer Peter Howard, 81, believed the pop-up clinic was a good idea, and while backpackers were good people, they ‘live like sardines.’
St Vincents’ pop-up clinic in Bondi, dedicated to testing high-risk areas of the Bondi community
Residents lined up at the eight test centers set up by nurses at St Vincent’s Hospital in Bondi Pavilion on Wednesday to be tested for COVID-19
Backpackers on Bondi Beach also saw Tuesday night ignore the new coronavirus social distance rules at McDonald’s.
Three young women were filmed huddled, although x tiles were affixed to the tiles, indicating the need to be 1.5 meters apart while waiting for a takeout order.
Meters away from them, three more women with English accents sat together at the counter of the fast food shop.
The eastern beachfront suburbs of Sydney are the epicenter of the coronavirus with 469 confirmed cases as of this week, health data from New South Wales showed.
Backpackers on Sydney’s Bondi Beach have been shamelessly filmed ignoring the social distance rules at McDonald’s. The three young women sat together, even though x marks were affixed to the tiles indicating the need to be 1.5m apart while waiting for their takeout order
Police are in effect in the eastern suburbs, expelling sun worshipers from the grass at Rushcutters Bay and sampling at hostels in Kings Cross to find backpackers partying near each other.
Waverley Council, which Bondi takes, has the highest number of cases of any local administrative area in Sydney.
The figure this week rose by a third from 105 to 140 in the past five days.
At least 21 cases came from an unknown source of infection.
There were 2,182 cases of coronavirus at NSW on Wednesday, while a 95-year-old woman became ninth COVID-19 dead in the state, bringing the national death toll to 20.
A meter away from them, another three women with English accents are also gathered early Tuesday night at the counter of the fast food shop
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,862
New South Wales: 2,182
Western Australia: 392
South Australia: 367
Australian Capital Territory: 84
Northern Territory: 19
TOTAL CASES: 4,862
The images in the Bondi apartment and at McDonald’s were taken less than 24 hours after NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard signed the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020.
Individuals now face on-the-spot fines of $ 1,000 and maximum fines of $ 11,000 or six months’ imprisonment if they are outside unless they go to work and cannot work remotely from the computer, go to school, buy medical supplies, or do their shopping do for groceries or food.
It is legal to exercise in the park, but apparently not to linger in a public place.
Australians are only allowed to gather outside in groups of two.
There are exceptions when people live or move together.
To add to the confusion, Mr. Hazzard’s Twitter profile shows a pre-COVID image of sunbathers sitting close together at Dee Why, on Sydney’s northern beaches, in his Wakehurst electorate.
The situation is so bad in Bondi that the state government and St Vincent’s hospital are setting up a pop-up COVID-19 clinic in the beach pavilion this afternoon (lawn area pictured on March 31, 2020)
The Northern Beaches Council area has 109 coronavirus cases, putting it in second place after the Waverley council.
It has an even higher infection rate than the City of Sydney City Council, with a total of 107 cases.
Woollahra City Council in east Sydney had 79 cases, compared to 84 from Central Coast Council north of Sydney.
To the west of Sydney, the Blacktown City Council had 67 positive tests for COVID-19, over 66 in Canterbury-Bankstown.
Difficult new coronavirus limitations explained
Only two people are allowed to gather in public areas and other gathering areas: Households – no matter how big – can still go outside together, but individual people can only speak to one other person. The two person limit does not apply to workplaces, schools or households.
Moratorium on disposals from rental properties for the next six months: Scott Morrison said that State and Territories will move to ban landlords from evicting tenants who struggle to pay rent. Mr. Morrison urged landlords to work with their tenants and banks to find immediate solutions.
Outdoor playgrounds, skate parks and gyms are closed from Monday: Boot camps are reduced to one-on-one outdoor personal training.
Australians insisted on shopping only for the essentials and nothing more: Mr. Morrison reminded people that it’s not time to browse or catch up with friends. “When you go shopping, you just have to go for the things you need and do it and go home,” he said.
People over 70 or with chronic illnesses are discouraged from leaving their homes: Mr. Morrison said that the elderly should only go outside for doctor’s appointments or medical reasons. He said vulnerable groups who need help with shopping should have access to “support through their community or others.”
WHAT CAN I LEAVE MY HOUSE FOR?
Buy essentials: Scott Morrison said shopping should only be done and not turned into makeshift gatherings.
Going to work, if you cannot work at home: Australians who can work from home are strongly advised to do so. Those who cannot do this must take social distance measures when they are at work.
Practice: People who train still have to follow the two person limit. All boot camps of 10 people or less are effectively prohibited.
Attending personal medical appointments or for compassionate reasons: Older people in particular should only go outside for doctor’s appointments or medical reasons.
CAN I VISIT FAMILY MEMBERS?
Yes, but social distance measures still need to be respected.
A family split between two houses can meet privately so people can visit their partner, siblings or parents.
People who live alone can invite only one friend, while households of two or more cannot receive visitors.
WHAT ABOUT HOUSEHOLDS WITH MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE?
Households – no matter how big – can still go outside together, but individual people can only speak to one other person.
If four people live in a house together, all four of them can walk their dog.
The two person limit does not apply to workplaces, schools or households.
CAN OLD PEOPLE ENTER THE PUBLIC?
The elderly may go outside for the same reasons as the young, but Scott Morrison has urged those over 70 to isolate themselves unless they go to a medical appointment.
“This doesn’t mean they can’t go out,” Morrison said on Sunday.
“They can go outside and be accompanied by a supporter to get fresh air and recreation, but they should limit contact with others as much as possible.”
CAN I GO TO A MARRIAGE OR FUNERAL?
Last week’s rules regarding weddings and funerals have not changed.
Funerals are still limited to 10 people and weddings to five – including the officer and the bride and groom.
WHEN DO THE NEW MEASURES WORK?
The two-person rule starts on Monday, while playgrounds, outdoor gyms, and skate parks are closed at noon.