Oblivious sunbathers on a popular beach AGAIN ignore blatant warnings amid the corona virus pandemic
Ignorant sun worshipers continue to shamelessly ignore warnings about the spread of the deadly coronavirus – even lounging in front of signs that read ‘Beach Closed’ and ‘Stop COVID-19’.
Dozens of unconscious beach lovers gathered in St Kilda in Melbourne on Saturday, despite the beach being closed by authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19, which has now killed 14 Australians and infected thousands.
Remarkable photos show groups of young people who ignore social distance guidelines to work on their color, despite repeated calls to people to stay at home or 1.5 meters apart.
Several large signs were posted by officials warning people to stay away, with one even begging ‘Stop COVID-19’ while another read ‘No Meetings’.
But for many hikers, sun worshipers, and joggers lounging under the signs, it was just a sunny place to hang out.
Victoria’s chief medical officer, Professor Brett Sutton, hit the sunbathers on Twitter, saying their behavior was “ really c ** p, ” warning that Australia is likely to suffer 100,000 cases of coronavirus in a few weeks.
He predicted that thousands of people would die if residents continued to follow guidelines designed to protect them.
Groups of people see themselves sunbathing on St Kilda Beach in Melbourne on Saturday, despite nationwide pressure at social gatherings to help fight the corona virus outbreak
A group of young women are spoken by a police officer on Brighton Beach in Melbourne on Saturday (photo) after dozens of crowds came to the closed beach to soak up the sun despite the coronavirus pandemic
This group of youth seemed not to be 1.5 meters apart and sat in front of a sign with the residents ‘No Gatherings’ during the COVID-19 pandemic
There were similar scenes on Brighton Beach, which was full of sun worshipers despite being closed, forcing police officers to patrol the beach and patrol offenders from the grass.
“Part of today’s behavior – when we ask people to stay at home – was really nonsense,” wrote Dr. Sutton.
“It is difficult to change habits and it is difficult to see dangers that are not yet clear.
“But with 3,000 cases of COVID in Australia this week, we’re going to 100,000 in 2-3 weeks without change.
That means thousands of deaths. Overwhelmed health services. Medical personnel at an unacceptable risk. Unstoppable spread. Now do the right thing and stay at home. Today. Tomorrow. Until we get through this, please. ‘
Melbourne’s beaches were closed to groups on Friday and St Kilda closed completely, with Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews warning sun worshipers that they were endangering people’s lives.
“If you can stay at home, you have to stay at home,” Mr. Andrews told reporters.
“You don’t have to be on the beach. If you choose to be on the beach, it is a choice that can cost someone their life.
Police officers patrolled St Kilda Beach on Saturday (pictured) and told seemingly surprised residents they were not allowed on the beach due to COVID-19 restrictions
Sunbathers flocked to Vaucluse (pictured) in Sydney on Saturday, despite warnings about the coronavirus pandemic
Police were forced to approach unwitting sunbathers (photo) who chose to head to St Kilda Beach on Saturday despite social distance guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19
Dozens of people, even those with young children, flocked to Brighton Beach in Melbourne on Saturday (pictured), despite the government’s pleading with Australians to practice social distance
Police minister Lisa Neville said that people would be fined up to $ 1,652 for group collecting and companies would be fined $ 9,913.
Hundreds in Sydney also continued to ignore hundreds of the guidelines, intended to protect Australians from the highly contagious disease, which has killed more than 27,000 people worldwide.
Similar scenes took place in Rushcutters Bay, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, and Cronulla in the Sutherland Shire, with dozens of people gathering in the park, hiking and playing group sports.
Such activities have been banned or limited to a maximum of 10 people this week under new measures to curb the spread of infections.
The shocking images come when the country’s death toll rose to 14 on Saturday after a 91-year-old Sydney woman who tested positive for COVID-19 died.
Beachgoers are told to leave Brighton Beach in Melbourne on Saturday (photo) by police after ignoring warnings that the beach was closed to hell
People are seen on Saturdays playing, sunbathing and walking in St Kilda (photo), despite the beach being closed due to the corona virus
Groups of young people are seen on St Kilda Beach on Friday (pictured) despite a ban imposed by the municipality
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia has risen to 3,637, with 1,617 in NSW – the most severely affected state in the country.
A sign posted on St Kilda beach in Melbourne on Saturday (photo) told residents the beach was closed – but many ignored the warning
Most of the state’s COVID-19 infections are said to come from the eastern suburbs of Sydney, where hundreds of people flocked to the region’s popular beaches last week.
The state and federal government have since made multiple calls to Australians to “do the right thing” and adhere to guidelines that could potentially save hundreds of lives.
On Saturday, officials shut down Maroubra beach after rebellious sunbathers flocked to the sand after other beach closures in the city.
Beachgoers were told to leave the area at 11:30 AM.
In Melbourne, St Kilda beach was closed by police on Friday after hundreds of people gathered on the coast and broke social distance rules.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has urged people to be vigilant and sensible, saying that no one should leave their home unless they have to.
The state has also started issuing violations notices for those who ignore coronavirus public health regulations.
The public has been warned that many coronavirus patients may not even know they have the disease, making it easy to infect others without realizing it.
Hundreds of people continue to break social distance rules by gathering in popular rural areas as the country battles a coronavirus pandemic (shown, Manly on Saturday)
Scores of unaffected residents were photographed as they spent their day on Saturday enjoying the 24C weather in Manly, on Sydney’s northern beaches
COVID-19, which originated in a food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has been particularly dangerous for the elderly – but can kill anyone, even those without pre-existing conditions.
So far, about 500 of Australia’s coronavirus cases are from cruise ships, the nation’s deputy medical chief said Saturday.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told a national news conference that nearly 200 cases of the Ruby Princess had arrived.
The Ruby Princess docked in Sydney on March 19 after touring New Zealand and sent 2,700 passengers to their homes in Australia, many flying the interstate with the virus.
But despite the possible spread of the disease in Harbor City, Manly Beach was also flooded with joggers, cyclists, surfers, and sunbathers who enjoyed the sunny 24 ° C weather on Saturday morning.
In Daily Mail Australia photos, hundreds of unaffected residents were shamelessly seen defying restrictions gathered in the park, beaches and boardwalk.
People continue to gather in large groups, such as this one in Manly on Saturday (photo) despite repeated government calls to Australians to ‘do the right thing’
Cases of coronavirus in Australia continue to increase, but some residents still defy advice to reduce the spread of the virus
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 3,637
New South Wales: 1,617
South Australia: 287
Western Australia: 278
Australian Capital Territory: 71
Northern Territory: 14
TOTAL CASES: 3,637
Meanwhile, in Bondi Beach, backpackers have been accused of brutally defying social distance rules by hosting parties and social gatherings in their hostels.
NSW police were forced to shut down a barbecue held at Bondi Beach Backpackers Club in Hall St on Friday night advertised on the hostel’s Facebook page.
In a now deleted post, the hostel invited guests to its weekly sausage sizzle and happy hour from 6pm.
NSW Police Minister David Elliot told the Sydney Morning Herald that the meetings are “one of the most irresponsible things I’ve ever come across.”
The hostel has also come under fire from outraged residents on social media, with one person calling them ‘socially irresponsible idiots’.
‘Really??? Happy Hour ??? A sausage for all guests ?? Have you heard from social distance? You’re a disgrace, “said one person.
Another commented on the Facebook event, saying, “The rest of us have been stuck inside for weeks, working from home and at home teaching kids, while your mindless turds just keep going.
“Wake up the f ** k with your absolute manslaughter.”
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Bondi Beach Backpackers Club denied that the hostel organized parties and said the event was intended as a takeaway for guests unable to return abroad.
In a now deleted post, the hostel had advertised its weekly sausage sizzle and happy hour at 6pm
People were seen swimming and sunbathing on Manly Beach (pictured Saturday) even after the government was forced to close Bondi Beach last week
The state and federal government have since made multiple calls to Australians to ‘do the right thing’ and adhere to guidelines that could potentially save the lives of hundreds of people (pictured, Manly on Saturday)
Similar scenes took place at Rushcutters Bay in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, with people gathering in parks and popular outdoor hotspots
The government has banned people from participating in large group sports that involve a lot of physical contact, but this group still played Friday at Rushcutters Bay Park (photo)
A busy boardwalk from Cronulla Beach Saturday (pictured) despite warnings about the spread of the deadly coronavirus
The hostel confirmed that the police visited the property to ‘ask some questions’ before they left.
Earlier this week, an Argentine backpacker and her 10 friends reportedly contracted coronavirus after attending a party of hundreds of people on Bondi Beach.
The beach party was held before Scott Morrison banned nonessential services and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people.
The 24-year-old woman went to Prince Wales Hospital on Monday where she was told she had tested positive.
Her diagnosis came after several more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in backpackers in the Bondi area.
“There were two recent parties that attended some of the cases where the cases may have been infected,” said a spokesperson for NSW Health.
Police were forced to close a social gathering at Bondi Beach Backpackers (photo) on Hall St on Friday evening
The hostel and backpackers came under fire on social media from many outraged by the brutal rule violation
As of Thursday, police have the authority to issue fines of $ 1,000 to individuals and $ 5,000 to companies violating health regulations or ministerial instructions.
The move comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced stricter restrictions to try to slow the spread of the disease in the Australian community.
People on the firing line include returning travelers who violate the 14-day quarantine requirement and those diagnosed with COVID-19 who also fail to obey the rules.
Fines will also be imposed for violations of the ban on outdoor meetings of 500 people and indoor meetings of 100 people.
“The police had to get up and tell the community to take this seriously, otherwise more people will be affected and this virus could last for many months,” Fuller said.
The police have the power to impose sanctions already in place under the Public Health Act, which means that people can be sentenced to six months in prison and / or fined up to $ 11,000 if convicted.
“No one is above the law. If you decide to ignore a direction, you will be caught and you may face a hefty fine, “police and emergency minister David Elliott said in a statement on Thursday.
“The fact that people are still not complying is why we are completely forcing the police to enforce these directions.
“This behavior is not only reckless and stupid, but potentially deadly.”
People are seen on Manly Beach on Friday morning (pictured) despite the impending threat of the corona virus