Georgia Love has come under fire for her stance on wearing masks outdoors.
The former bachelorette, 32, was among those shocked by the overcrowded scenes on Sydney’s beaches, tweeting a video of crowds along with the caption: ‘Bondi now, where masks or social distancing seem to matter.’
“Well, this is not necessary,” Sky News journalist Laura Jayes responded to the tweet.
Lockdown smackdown: Georgia Love is under fire online for her stance on wearing masks outdoors
The news anchor continued: ‘Of the more than 1000 cases in NSW, none have been proven to have been transmitted outside the home. The infection spreads in homes, workplaces, shops’.
Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell then chimed in, adding: “And posting random videos from another city… wouldn’t you just focus on your own lockdown?”
Georgia is based in Melbourne and not Sydney.
Pell’s critique is especially noteworthy, given that he and Love work for Channel 7, with the former reality TV star now serving as a reporter for the network.
Unimpressed: The former bachelorette, 32, was among those shocked by the overcrowded scenes on Sydney’s beaches
Michelle Stephenson, the National News Director for Nova, also criticized Love for “using camera angles that deceive the eye” in the images of the busy boardwalk.
Love clapped back. “Don’t know what camera tricks you think are used here?”
“But I will also state that this is not my video, it was sent to me, and that filming in a public place is completely allowed without the consent of individuals,” she concluded.
Disagreement: ‘Well, this is not necessary,’ said Sky News journalist Laura Jayes (pictured left, with Peter Stefanovic) on the tweet
Pile on: Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell (pictured with Sam Armytage and David Koch) then chimed in, adding: “And posting random videos from another city… wouldn’t you just focus on your own lockdown?’
Internal feud: Pell’s critique is especially noteworthy, as he and Love work for Channel 7, with the former reality TV star now serving as a reporter for the network
The social media skirmish comes after a top doctor claimed Sydney’s beaches should remain open as the city’s coronavirus outbreak worsens, despite it being packed with locals exercising.
NSW recorded 105 cases on Sunday as Sydney and surrounding regions entered their fourth week of lockdown.
But stay-at-home orders haven’t stopped hundreds of Sydneysiders flocking to the beach to get their daily dose of exercise and fresh air.
As residents of three city councils in south-west Sydney obeyed strict new orders to stay close, there were several scenes in the Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches over the weekend.
The images: ‘Bondi at the moment, where neither masks nor social distancing seem to matter,’ Georgia tweeted Sunday
Trick photography? Michelle Stephenson, the National News Director for Nova, also criticized Love for ‘using camera angles that deceive the eye’
The boardwalks along Bondi and Manly beaches were packed with people exercising and walking their dogs while soaking up the winter sun.
But former federal deputy medical officer Nick Coatsworth wasn’t concerned about the crowded scenes seen on beaches, citing a low risk of transmission.
“I had no problem with what we saw over the weekend,” he told the Today show on Monday.
The number of Covid cases in the community while contagious shows no signs of slowing down, despite being key to lifting the lockdown.
But dr. Coatsworth said the risk of transmitting the virus during outdoor exercise was much lower than in a packed stadium with fans at a sports game or concert.
Thousands of AFL and rugby fans were ordered to remain in isolation for 14 days after being considered close contacts of an infected case during separate matches in Melbourne in recent days.
Surfers and swimmers were eager to get out on the water, despite it being the middle of winter. Pictured is Manly Beach on the Northern Beaches on Saturday
“I think we should be moderate on this. Of course, the Delta species broadcasts outdoors, but only in very close conditions,” said Dr. Coatsworth.
‘There was a Trans music festival in the Netherlands, of course 20,000 people in the area who listened to dance music and in that kind of situation you can of course get broadcasts.
“But if you pass someone during your morning exercise, that’s no problem.”
Many on Sydney’s crowded beaches did not wear masks, despite repeated pleas from NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and health officials to take one with them when people leave home.
dr. Nick Coatsworth says there is little risk of Covid being transmitted during exercise. Pictured are swimmers entering the water of Manly Beach on Saturday