Backpackers and locals in Byron Bay have been slammed for going to the beach, watching sunsets, and going through life despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The Australian government has encouraged residents across the country to stay at home wherever possible and to adhere to social distance guidelines, including staying 1.5 meters from others.
But the famous resort town of northern New South Wales doesn’t seem very impressed by the strict restrictions, with hundreds of people portrayed on the waves and hanging out in large groups.
Meanwhile, people in Sydney are seen climbing through a fence after being asked to leave Bronte beach
Meanwhile, photos have appeared in Sydney of Australians climbing fences to gain access to closed beaches.
Unknowing tourists and residents of Byron Bay have been beaten for simply living despite the coronavirus pandemic
The famous city in northern New South Wales doesn’t seem very impressed by strict social distance restrictions
Pictured: Surfers went to Byron Bay beach in New South Wales on Wednesday
The Australian government has encouraged residents across the country to stay at home wherever possible and to adhere to social distance guidelines, including staying 1.5 meters from others
Tim Cassidy, who has lived in Byron Bay for almost 50 years, took photos and shared them on Facebook on Wednesday.
“On the beach at Byron Bay today … Yet AGAIN was in ‘some coronavirus’ mode,” wrote Mr. Cassidy.
“I was wearing a mask, as you will see in the pictures, when I chose to act on stage again as ‘The Bay Reporter’!
Mr. Cassidy said the photos were taken on the beach on Wednesday morning and at 4 PM.
“Yes, it was the most amazing day we’ve had here in months, and yes, the ocean was irresistible … But think of OTHERS somebody, please,” he wrote.
Locals also took photos of glowing signs saying ‘Limit your beach time’ and ‘Comply lifeguards’.
Mr. Cassidy told Daily Mail Australia that he felt “both bewildered and frustrated” about the youth’s disregard for the guidelines and local authorities’ non-compliance with the local authorities.
“I am a 4th generation local and I love my city and they are people with a passion,” he said.
Tim Cassidy (photo), who has lived in Byron Bay for almost 50 years, took the photos and shared them on Facebook on Wednesday
“On the beach at Byron Bay today … Yet AGAIN was in ‘some coronavirus’ mode,” wrote Mr. Cassidy
Surfers hit the waves in Byron Bay, New South Wales on Wednesday
‘I know the’ relaxed atmosphere ‘and spectacular beaches and the weather we have and how difficult it is not to enjoy it.
“But we shouldn’t be ‘chilled’ about the corona virus, every minute is urgent.
“Isolate yourself now and we will all enjoy our epic beaches again soon enough.”
Mr. Cassidy added that he would certainly follow the social distance recommendations when taking the photos on Wednesday.
“I took my photos very quickly and I was wearing a mask,” he said.
“I drove to our beach hoping it would be free from close gatherings. It all happened spontaneously and quickly. ‘
Mr Cassidy, who was ‘left baffled’ by community members, said the photos were taken on the beach Wednesday morning and 4pm
“Yes, it was the most amazing day we’ve had here in months, and yes, the ocean was irresistible … But think of OTHERS somebody, please,” he wrote
Mr. Cassidy also shared photos of hundreds of backpackers defying social distance guidelines to watch the Saturday evening sunset.
He told Daily Mail Australia that local hostel owners had a heavy responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Hostel companies and their managers are fully responsible here, and our council, especially Mayor Simon Richardson. [There are] here lives are at stake, ”he said.
“It is the responsibility of the hostel management to enforce what we all have to do in this difficult time
“I feel a deep responsibility, at this time of this heavy virus that may be spreading here, to ask that all backpacker hostels be checked and, if necessary, shut down now for everyone’s well-being.
The city was also packed with Aussies, so this is by no means biased. We must all be wise now. ‘
Locals and tourists gathered around the barbecues on Wednesday
Pictured: Beachgoers lie on the grass in Byron Bay, New South Wales on Wednesday
Beachgoers gather on the grass in Byron Bay on Wednesday
“Limit your beach time,” a sign at Byron Bay beach said on Wednesday
Mr. Cassidy urged the hostel managers to implement the COVID-19 policy, including signs in all dorms, text messages for all guests and announcements on a regular basis for all guests.
He called on local authorities to impose restrictions like those elsewhere that limit public gatherings and to encourage people to distance themselves socially from others.
‘Lock if possible, but preferably also organize emergency flights home for all these precious backpackers. Their families worry me at home, ”he said.
As of Thursday, the NSW police can now issue fines on the spot to anyone who violates public health regulations or ministerial instructions during the coronavirus pandemic.
People in 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.
Tim Cassidy, who has lived in Byron Bay for almost 50 years, told Daily Mail Australia that it is up to the owners of local hostels to seal their accommodation
Hundreds of backpackers in Byron Bay defied the coronavirus’s social distance rules to gather on the beach and watch the sunset on Saturdays (photo)
Tourists and locals watched the sunset over the holiday town on the New South Wales coast on Saturday evening
SOCIAL DISTANCE IN PUBLIC GUIDELINES
- Stay at home unless absolutely necessary
- Stay 1.5 meters away from others
- Avoid physical greetings such as handshakes, hugs and kisses
- Use tap and pay instead of cash
- Travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
- Avoid public gatherings and risk groups
- Practice good hygiene
Thursday morning, there were 1,219 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday that the public should step up to slow down the spread of the virus, which has so far killed nine people in Australia, including seven in NSW.
She supported new public restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Tuesday evening to control the spread of COVID-19.
“This is a time we should all step up,” said Ms Berejiklian.
“We need to make sure the community is doing the right thing for you, your family, and others.”
The Prime Minister said that there will be barriers that will allow NSW to take further action, independently of other states, once the number of Community broadcasts reaches a certain amount.
Frustrated residents have called on hostel managers to shut down their accommodation
It comes after Scott Morrison warned that more draconian measures could be imposed if Australians don’t take social distance during the pandemic seriously