Police take action on Bondi Beach crowds | Sunday Observer

Police take action on Bondi Beach crowds

Police in Sydney have closed Bondi Beach after crowds exceeded Australia’s outdoor gathering limit.

The country has banned outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

However large crowds of people are still flocking to beaches across Sydney, flouting advice to stay inside.

Images from Bondi Beach on Friday showed swimmers, surfers and sunbathers packed in huge numbers onto the sand.

Police temporarily closed the famed beach on Saturday. It is not clear when it will reopen to the public.

New South Wales (NSW) Police Minister David Elliott said in a televised news conference that lifeguards would conduct a head count of the number of people on the beach.

If numbers exceed 500, the beach will be closed and people will be moved on. If anyone refuses to move, the police will be brought in.