A popular Sydney beach continues to be busy despite desperate calls to keep people at home and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Manly, on the picturesque beaches of northern Sydney, was thrilled on Saturday as residents adopted a “business as usual” attitude despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Couples, families and friends have been seen breaking social distancing rules – a family told Daily Mail Australia that they would not let the global crisis that killed more than 50,000 people interrupt their usual morning swimming.
The northern beaches are a known hotspot for coronavirus, having the second highest number of cases in New South Wales. There are 101 cases of COVID-19 in the region, behind only Bondi in the eastern suburbs of the city.
The busy turnout on Saturday comes after beach goers also visited Manly and the nearby freshwater and curl curl beaches on Friday.
Residents of Manly spotted flouting social distancing laws outside the Life Saving Club on Saturday morning
Beach goers ignored the 1.5m social distance rules and gathered in groups along Manly Beach on Saturday
Woman Wearing Colorful Neon Bikini At Manly Beach As She Headed For A Solo Swimming In The Water
Police, rescuers and municipal guards (photo) approach groups of people to apply social distancing measures
Reid Shaw, 13, said, “There is no difference, it’s the same thing. “
Her father Chris Shaw noted that “last week there were a few people gathered in groups here, but I hope people are starting to understand how serious this virus is.”
Today, Manly bathers were photographed chatting in groups, ignoring the 1.5 meter distance rule and the sun.
Some even saw standing around sipping coffee while enjoying their morning of 22 ° C at the beach.
Strict social distancing measures by the federal government require that all Australians stand 1.5 meters apart and restrict groups to a maximum of two people.
There has been a new wave of regression in coronavirus cases in New South Wales with 104 other people confirmed to be the fatal disease.
New South Wales Minister of Health Brad Hazzard said there were now 2,493 cases of coronavirus in the state, up from 2,389 on Friday.
The number of new cases in New South Wales had decreased in the last three days before the new figures on Saturday. There are now 5,539 confirmed cases in Australia, which means that more than 43% of the cases are in New South Wales.
The New South Wales government has imposed new restrictions that allow residents to leave their homes only for one of 16 essential reasons.
These reasons include exercise, grocery shopping, seeking medical care, and going to school or work.
A young woman on a walk with her boyfriend said she felt in danger of going down to the beach.
Jana, 26, said: “It’s very busy here, people certainly don’t behave any differently. I don’t like going down here because I feel like it’s too crowded.
Some Manly residents say social isolation laws have had no impact on beach life
Woman enjoying the sun on her way to Manly Beach in a wetsuit and bikini with her surfboard
Other swimmers noted that government restrictions were not properly followed or understood
A young couple spent time relaxing in the water while chatting in the shallow waves of Manly Beach
Two friends who were walking along the bridge told Daily Mail Australia that lack of social distancing was a problem in Manly.
One woman, Kat, 33, said, “Social distancing is not well understood here. People can’t give you space, especially all the runners who jog and rub against you.
“There is a bit of confusion around the restrictions and it is not really clear whether we should go out or stay at home. “
Going out on her own, Kat said, “I don’t feel in danger. I feel the most guilty for being able to put someone else in danger.
Three friends stood on Manly Beach to chat despite federal ban on more than two people
Three people stopped to chat on the busy walkway along Manly Beach and tried to keep a distance
Some swimmers ignored social distancing measures and instead participated in a group sunbathing session
Her friend El, also 33, said it was “difficult to make room for so many people.”
She noted, “Being outside is the only thing that keeps people sane at the moment, so I think it’s important to keep the beach open wherever they can. “
Licien Batista, 34, on a walk with his baby and friend from Brazil, said that social distancing measures should be followed more closely.
“If everyone keeps their distance and follows the rules, we can overcome this virus faster,” she said.
Manly locals decide to sit and chat along the beach despite laws requiring Australians to stay at home
Locals walked their dogs and gathered in groups to socialize in front of the Manly Life Saving Club
Police were stationed at Manly Beach on Saturday to ensure bathers did not gather in groups
Two New South Wales police officers patrolled Manly Beach on Saturday morning and asked those who were not exercising to return home
“Some people don’t follow the rules and could send us in a total lockdown.” When the weather is nice, people go down to the beach and hang out in groups and go for a walk or sit on the sand, “said Ms. Batista.
Other beach goers felt they were protected from the virus as long as they were careful.
A couple pushed a stroller along the gangway and said they were taking extra care.
Jeremy Bennett, 36, said: “We are just very careful, stay away from people and make sure we don’t touch any railings or anything, we brought a hand sanitizer with us. “
New South Wales police officers patrolled Bondi Beach on Saturday to make sure no one was on the closed beach
The agents approached the residents of Bondi who were sitting on the grass and asked them to go home.
CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA: 5,550
New South Wales: 2,493
Western Australia: 436
South Australia: 407
Australian Capital Territory: 93
Northern Territory: 26
TOTAL CASES: 5,550
His wife Sasha, 31, agreed, “We don’t feel in danger as long as there is a lot of space, but sometimes the beaches can get crowded and crowded. “
Two New South Wales police officers were patrolling the beach and asked anyone who was not exercising to return home.
Rescuers and rangers also monitored the size of the groups.
Unlike Manly, beaches in eastern Sydney were closed due to fears of coronavirus.
That didn’t stop the people of Bondi from trying to soak up the sun by the beach on Saturday.
NSW police patrolled Bondi Beach on horseback and approached anyone sitting on the grass.
They asked couples and families to return home.
Groups of friends and singles have also been told that they cannot stay on or near Bondi Beach.
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Australia has reached 5,539.
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Australia rose to 5,523 and the death toll reached 29 on Saturday April 4