Which Sydney Beaches Have Been Closed To Ensure Social Distancing?

After hundreds of people were pictured congregating at Bondi Beach, despite advice from the government to socially distant from others, strict measures have been brought in to ensure safety. 

As of April 20, 2020, these Sydney beaches will be closed:

  • Bondi (open for exercise only from April 28)
  • Bronte (open for exercise only from April 28)
  • Tamarama (open for exercise only from April 28)
  • Coogee (open for exercise only from April 28)
  • Manly
  • North Steyne
  • Freshwater
  • Palm Beach
  • Queenscliff
  • Shelly Beach

Those who break the rules could be fined up to $11,000 or spend six months in jail. 

Bondi Beach last Friday. Image via AAP.

Announcing the closure of Bondi Beach, the state Police Minister David Elliott said the measure was not about being the "fun police" but to save lives.

"This is because we need you to be safe," Elliott said.

"This is because we need the public to be aware they could be carrying the virus without even knowing."

Elsewhere, the Sutherland Shire Council Mayor, Carmelo Pesce, said the council would keep a close eye on the situation and shut down the beaches at Cronulla if the community did not follow the rules.

Those who exercise at beaches are still expected to adhere to the two-person rule and the 1.5m rule for social distancing, or risk being issued with a fine.

For now, that paddling pool in your backyard is looking pretty good.... 

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