Australian officials shut Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach on Saturday after tens of thousands of people flocked there lately, defying social distancing orders to prevent the spread of this coronavirus, amid an unusually warm autumn spell.
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Health Minister Greg Hunt stated the crowds on the nation’s most famous strip of sand were”unacceptable” since he reported the number of diseases across Australia had climbed sharply.
1,081 were reached by the federal total together with New South Wales seeing a record leap, on Saturday and the Northern Territory authorities of Australia stating that from Tuesday afternoon all entries to the state would have to go into quarantine.
Australia’s death toll was seven. New South Wales state police ministry David Elliott announced Bondi’s closed, warning”this will become the new standard” if people did not comply with regulations that prohibit more than 500 people gathering in a non-essential event.
“This is not something we’re doing because we’re the fun police,” Elliott said in a televised news conference. “This is all about saving lives.”
“We’ll be shutting down the kind of iconic pursuits that unfortunately we have come… to love and love about our lifestyle.”
Elliott stated lifeguards who patrol the nation’s many beaches will conduct headcounts and, even in case there are more than 500 people at any 1 place, the beach is going to be closed and individuals ordered to move on.
Along with Bondi, a lot of the other famed beaches of Sydney have been closed Sunday, per town councils’ choices.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced stricter rules on socializing on Friday, requiring indoor places such as bars and restaurants to sustain a density of no more than 1 person per four square meters (43 sq f) of floor area. The overall limitations of 100 people gathered inside and 500 outdoors remained in force.
While Lake Boca Raton has always served as a social gathering spot for many boaters, and will again, now is not the time for parties and tie ups on the water. Please be patient, and do your part, so we can all get through this together.
— City of Boca Raton (@CityBocaRaton) March 22, 2020
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- As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, affected countries and cities are imposing sweeping measures to limit public gatherings and encourage social distancing.
- Despite recommendations to shelter in place and limit nonessential travel, people are flocking to parks, beaches, and popular hiking trails, prompting stricter regulations.
- On March 16, President Trump said that Americans should avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more people to help curb the spread of the virus.
- Other countries, such as Italy, France, and Greece, have issued nationwide lockdowns.
- On March 19, California became the first state to issue a stay-at-home order, encouraging residents to avoid all nonessential travel and stay at least 6 feet away from others if out in public. Other states, including New York and Illinois, have followed suit.
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