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Thousands of Australians Pack Beaches despite Government Warnings about Coronavirus

Olowokandi Fiyin
Mar 24, 2020
08:00 P.M.
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Despite the numerous warnings from the government, doctors, and police, thousands of Australians still flocked to the beach recently. 


Despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison following up on his vow to implement "draconian measures" in response to Australians ignoring social distancing rules, the citizens are still heading to beaches in their thousands.

An evening portrait of Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia | Photo: Pixabay


According to Daily Mail, Scott had asked that all pubs, cafes, and restaurants in Australia were to shut down from midday on Monday, March 23. His announcement had come after several beaches were closed down across Sydney.

It appears that the Australian government hadn't done much to ensure people follow social distancing rules.

A daylight portrait of Bondi beach called "The Sea Beach" in Sydney, Australia | Photo: Pixabay


Regardless of the shutdown, beach-goers seemed determined to make the most of the sunshine and flooded Bondi beach, which was one of the beaches closed to the public.

Another beach that was crowded by fun-seekers was Maroubra which was overtaken by surfers who paid no attention to a line of tape in front of the beach's steps.

A daylight portrait of the clouds and seashore of Maroubra beach in Sydney, Australia | Photo: Pixabay


BBC News added that New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, was the worst-hit state with 533 confirmed coronavirus cases. Victoria, with Melbourne as its capital, had 296 cases, while Queensland had 259, as of March 22. 

Even though only a few deaths have occurred in the more than a thousand reported cases, there are concerns that the numbers could go up if the health system becomes strained.

It appears that the Australian government hadn't done much to ensure people follow social distancing rules as The Guardian conveyed that they allowed 2,700 people to walk off a cruise ship in Sydney's CBD which had reported more than 150 illnesses.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on March 23, 2020 in Canberra, Australia | Photo: Getty Images

In fact, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison had informed the public that he had no plans to restrict people's movements when he stated:


"We are not putting in place lockdowns that put people in and confine them to their homes. That is not a measure that has been contemplated at this point."

Morrison also made it clear that he had no intention of closing down the schools in the country, although parents of the students had the option of keeping their children at home during the coronavirus crisis.


The Prime Minister stated that the reason behind his decision was that he didn't want school children to lose out on an entire year of education.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!