Coronavirus fears don't stop beachgoers at Bondi Beach despite advice on social distancing

Worldwide concerns about the spread of coronavirus haven’t stopped beachgoers turning out in force for a day in the sun on Australia’s Bondi Beach.

The famous Sydney beach was packed with people on Thursday from surfers to sunbathers, despite global worries that being in crowded areas encourages the spread of Covid-19.

Authorities in Australia have advised people to practice ‘social distancing’, which involves leaving plenty of space between people.

Its advice reads: “Social distancing is important because Covid-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person,' government advice reads. 

“So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.”

Beachgoers turned out in force at Sydney's Bondi Beach despite growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus. (Picture: REUTERS/Loren Elliott)
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Governments across the world have urged people to practice social distancing, with many countries warning people to avoid group gatherings and some banning them completely.

But Bondi’s beachgoers aren’t the only people to flout the suggestions, with widespread concerns that people aren’t following suggestions.

Sunbathers and surfers turned out in force to enjoy the sunshine, despite authorities advising social distancing. (Picture: REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

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In the US, infectious disease specialist Dr Purvi Parikh branded young people “irresponsible” for refusing to take social distancing more seriously, instead choosing to celebrate their spring break.

On March 20, Australian health authorities confirmed an increase of 144 confirmed cases of coronavirus in one day, bringing the nation’s total to 709.

People in Australia have been advised to practice social distancing. (Picture: REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

What is social distancing?

According to Public Health England, social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people.

They include:

  1. Avoiding contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport.

  3. Work from home where possible.

  4. Avoid large gatherings and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars and clubs.

  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family.

  6. Contact your GP via phone or online services.