Bondi parties shut down by NSW Police for not complying with coronavirus guidelines

| 13.07,20. 05:33 AM |

Bondi parties shut down by NSW Police for not complying with coronavirus guidelines

A number of parties in the Bondi area were shut down.(Facebook)

NSW Police have shut down a number of private parties in Sydney's eastern suburbs due to guests not complying with social-distancing rules.

Footage from parties in the Bondi area emerged on social media on Saturday night, with a number of people seen dancing close together.

No fines were issued but attendees were moved on.

The maximum number of people currently allowed to gather at a home is 20.

NSW Police were also called to a trial rugby match in Bellevue Hill on Saturday afternoon after photos appeared to show supporters breaking social-distancing rules.

Officers were called to Easts Rugby Club where a Shute Shield trial game against Sydney University was being held.

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"About 3:40pm yesterday [Saturday], police were called following concerns over physical distancing at a rugby game in Bellevue Hill," a police statement read.

"Officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command are conducting inquiries."

Easts Rugby Club said COVID-19 restrictions were being followed.

The NSW Government has renewed its warning to people not to defy social-distancing guidelines.

"It is absolutely unacceptable for people to be breaching the rules at this stage," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

"Do not be surprised if the Government takes any further action in relation to large gatherings.

"It only takes a small minority of people to do the wrong thing to have the whole state go backwards."

This week the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay was fined $5,500 after a group of about 250 customers stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside the venue.

Director of Liquor and Policing from the Australian Hotels Association (NSW), John Green, said the photo from Double Bay "was not a good look".

"It is a strict wake-up call for everyone that they need to ensure that there is social-distancing both inside their venues but also the public domain for people waiting to get in," Mr Green said.

Backpackers in Sydney's eastern suburbs were warned in March to stop flouting social-distancing rules.

A number of COVID-19 cases were traced back to two parties held on March 15.

Photos and videos posted on social media at Club 77 in Darlinghurst and the Back to Boogie Wonderland at the Bucket List bar in Bondi showed people dancing and kissing.

On another occasion a group of people was seen gathered on the balcony of Noah's Backpacker Hostel in Bondi.

The NSW Government also at one point closed Bondi Beach after the number of people on the famous sands exceeded Australia's outdoor-gathering limit imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


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