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11 Sep, 2021 06:34 AM2 minutes to read
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian reveals freedoms will be extended only for vaccinated people. Video / Sky News Australia
Social media users have lamented the “unbelievable” scenes at Sydney’s beaches, where thousands have flocked – despite record case numbers – to soak up the sun.
In a Facebook post, Woollahra Council confirmed Redleaf Beach and Camp Cove had “reached capacity by 11.30am, meaning access would be “restricted” for the rest of the day.
“Please choose another time or location to visit,” the post read.
“The health of our community is important and our beaches and parks will be monitored over spring and summer to ensure they do not become overcrowded.
“Please remember to maintain good social distancing and good personal hygiene. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please get tested and stay at home.”
Asked earlier today whether he was worried about large crowds taking advantage of the warm weather and heading to the beach this weekend, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said his greater concern was for unvaccinated people.
“I think that the fresh air, we know that it is the safest place to be at the present time,” Hazzard told reporters.
“But I would say to people who are out and about to maintain your social distance and to just be careful … Generally people have been really, really good. I know the media will have photos today of people out and about … but I think generally that’s a very safe place to be.”
#auspol Photo taken today beach in Sydney 11/9. pic.twitter.com/kBGK9vd9TQ
— Valerie deBritt (@KerryWitch) September 11, 2021
One beachgoer at Bronte said it was “as busy as Australia Day”.
— HusssyJ (@huss89) September 11, 2021
Police are out in force, enforcing restrictions on people’s gatherings and activities and setting up checkpoints to keep people from travelling outside of their 5km radius.