Shocking footage allegedly showing hundreds of people cramming onto beaches in Melbourne and flouting strict Covdi-19 restrictions has triggered an outpouring of anger. The footage, which has been shared online by 7News, captured crowds of revellers gathering on beaches in St Kilda and Port Melbourne on Friday afternoon.
In line with current stage four restrictions, those living in metropolitan Melbourne are currently permitted to leave their homes to exercise for no more than two hours per day, within a 5km radius of their home.
However news footage shows people seemingly disobeying those rules, with many opting not to wear masks – which is currently mandatory in any public space – and gathering in large groups. And, as news reporters arrived to report from the scene, 7News reporter Paul Dosley found himself being grabbed by a man who then kissed him on the cheek.
Don’t risk everything. What we can hold back now means a truly normal summer. Please – Hold. The. Line. https://t.co/4nFM5EypBM
— Chief Health 🍩fficer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO) October 2, 2020
After the footage aired on television on Friday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton took to Twitter and called on Victorians not to throw away all of their hard work over the past few months.
“Don’t risk everything,” he wrote. “What we can hold back now means a truly normal summer. Please – Hold. The. Line.”
The footage was also condemned by a number of Victorian MPs, including the member for Macnamara Josh Burns who described those involved as “selfish”. While The Project star Peter Hellier tweeted: “Just saw scenes in St. Kilda. Fuck. There goes any chance of having any mates over for Grand Final Day. F***ing selfish morons.”
Photos were also shared on Instagram which showed groups gathered by the sea. However others suggested the footage was not a true representation of how crowded the beach actually was, while some suggested that the crowds had been “set up” to make headlines.
It comes as Victoria recorded eight new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday and, sadly, a further three deaths. Melbourne’s rolling 14-day average now sits at 12. It must fall below 5 by October 19 for further easing of restrictions to take place.
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