The NSW State Government has closed down Bondi Beach in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, after thousands of people rocked up again today, ignoring advice to stay at home and practice social distancing.

Per reports in The Daily Telegraph, NSW Police Minister David Elliott insisted on the closure. Photos taken at Bondi Beach yesterday showed large crowds gathering in defiance of official advice, and similar scenes were unfolding today.

Waverley mayor Paula Masselos made a plea for people to behave in a responsible manner and follow official advice, saying:

“The public must at all times keep a minimum safe distance from each other in public places and if you don’t need to be out in public, please consider staying at home … We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and I am frustrated that people continue to ignore health advice about social distancing as observed yesterday at Bondi Beach. No-one is immune to COVID-19 and behaving irresponsibly puts the entire community at risk.”

Health minister Greg Hunt had called on the local council to take action as large crowds continued to gather at Bondi, calling the situation “unacceptable.”

Image: AAP / John Fotiadis