SYDNEY | swimmers and surfers will be able to return the next week on the famous Bondi beach Beach in Sydney, nearly six weeks after its closure due to the epidemic of coronavirus, announced on Wednesday that the authorities.
Its white sand will remain prohibited for sun lovers, runners as well as families in order to comply with the measures of social distancing.
Paula Masselos, mayor of Waverley, which includes Bondi and its surroundings, explained that residents will be able to return to the ocean from the 28th of April, via two access points.
“These corridors will enable a secure access to water for swimming and surfing only. It is therefore (only) for exercise in the water,” she explained during a press conference in Sydney.
“Access to the sand is closed, which means that we can neither run, nor walk, nor gather, nor take her children play on the sand.”
Bondi and nearby beaches have been closed since the end of march following the publication of photos on social networks showing the crowded beach, particularly young people, in spite of the ban of large gatherings due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
This sector has also been classified as a “hot spot” after the census, more than 180 cases of COVID-19, among which many backpackers and locals. The authorities had set up a clinic to allow rapid screening.
Ms Masselos has urged the non-residents not to go to Bondi, indicating that the corridors of access to the beach will be closed in case of too high traffic.
“We want to ensure that this happens in respect of the sanitary rules and social distancing”, she said.
“If people don’t respect them and if there is too much of the world, we will be forced to close”, has pointed out the chosen one.
Other beaches in Sydney, including Coogee and Maroubra, have reopened Monday. Announcements via loud-speakers, and reminded the swimmers to respect the rules of social distancing.
Australia has recorded more than 6 600 cases of new coronavirus that has made 74 people dead.