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Police called on the popular beach to disperse the night owls as the Sydney cluster grows


The riot police were forced to separate a huge crowd of revelers partying on a popular Sydney beach.

Extraordinary scenes were filmed on Friday afternoon on Bronte Beach, east of the city, in which hundreds of Sydneysiders gathered to celebrate Christmas with friends, despite a coronavirus outbreak that continues to spread across the city.

Footage has been shot of revelers in Bronte wearing festive Christmas hats, dancing close together and on each other's shoulders in a large crowd as the Sydney outbreak rose to 118 confirmed cases.

No face masks were seen and there was no social distancing.

Health Secretary Brad Hazzard has classified the group as "ignorant" because it is potentially spreading the deadly disease.

Hundreds of Christmas revelers gathered for a big party on Bronte Beach on Friday

The police were called in to disperse the crowd

There was no social distancing at the gathering

There was no social distancing in Bronte as the crowds danced close together

"I have a desire for a youthful Christmas exuberance, but it's as irresponsible, ignorant and idiotic as it gets," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"It's a huge potential COVID-19 incubator."

Social media users have also resented the footage as many families have been forced apart due to the recent outbreak.

"I'm not sure if these people received the COVID memo," a concerned local resident signed a video of the disturbing scenes.

Another added: “I'm not the Christmas grin and I don't indulge anyone having a good time after the year we've had, but am I missing something? How is it that in Bronte there are only 10 people in a household, but over 200 people are close together? & # 39;

In another video posted on Instagram, police tried to disperse the huge crowd and order the night owls to move.

NSW police confirmed that officers were called to Bronte around 3 p.m. were supported by the Public Order and Riot Squad.

The night owls were crammed together in a huge crowd and only a few masks in sight

The night owls were crammed together in a huge crowd and only a few masks in sight

Police officers watch a group of people gather in large numbers next to Bondi Beach on December 25, 2020 to break public health regulations

Police officers watch a group of people gather in large numbers next to Bondi Beach on December 25, 2020 to break public health regulations

A group of friends sit on the edge of Bondi Beach with a digital public health display in the background on December 25th

A group of friends sit on the edge of Bondi Beach with a digital public health display in the background on December 25th

Surf lifesavers are seen on Bondi Beach in Sydney on a windy and rainy Christmas day

Surf lifesavers are seen on Bondi Beach in Sydney on a windy and rainy Christmas day

A surf lifesaver stands next to a Christmas tree on a rainy day on Bondi Beach

A surf lifesaver stands next to a Christmas tree on a rainy day on Bondi Beach

"The police were called in to disperse a large crowd locally," a spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

Only 10 people are allowed to gather inside, up to 100 people can gather outside in the greater Sydney area. It is believed that more than 300 people celebrated together in Bronte.

Police stayed on Friday night to keep an eye on a handful of night owls who had chosen to stay.

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, usually frequented by dozens of travelers enjoying the festive season, was far less crowded.

However, the miserable weather could not dampen the mood of some residents.

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, usually frequented by dozens of travelers enjoying the festive season, was far less crowded (Image: Group of girls take a photo on Bondi Beach)

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, usually frequented by dozens of travelers enjoying the festive season, was far less crowded (Image: Group of girls take a photo on Bondi Beach)

These ladies brave the cooler temperatures to enjoy a Christmas Day bath in Bondi

These ladies brave the cooler temperatures to enjoy a Christmas Day bath in Bondi

While some Bondi beach goers liked to get wet, others preferred to stay dry

While some Bondi beach goers liked to get wet, others preferred to stay dry

A woman in a bikini shows off her tanned body on a rainy Christmas day in Bondi

A woman in a bikini shows off her tanned body on a rainy Christmas day in Bondi

Bondi lifesavers take a group photo in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas Day

Bondi lifesavers take a group photo in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas Day

There was no shortage of Christmas cheer as beach goers donned festive outfits, including Santa hats, rashes, and skimpy swimwear for the day.

The celebrations went off without a hitch and the beachgoers showed their best behavior.

While coronavirus restrictions have been eased during the three-day holiday season to allow for a festive gathering, residents of the northern beaches are still prohibited from leaving the peninsula and can only leave their homes for four main reasons.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian desperately urged Sydneysiders to restrict their moves in public over the long Christmas weekend and avoid boxing day sales on Saturday.

The large gathering in Bronte angered many locals

Night owls in Christmas hats sang as they danced close together

Hundreds of revelers celebrated on Bronte Beach until the police abruptly brought the celebrations to a halt

A family pose for a photo on Christmas Day in Sydney's Bondi Beach, Australia, Friday December 25th

A family pose for a photo on Christmas Day in Sydney's Bondi Beach, Australia, Friday December 25th

Milena Ussa from Colombia, left, poses for a photo taken by her friend Fernanda Gonzalez from Mexico with a Christmas tree on Christmas Day on Bondi Beach in Sydney

Milena Ussa from Colombia, left, poses for a photo taken by her friend Fernanda Gonzalez from Mexico with a Christmas tree on Christmas Day on Bondi Beach in Sydney

A couple stroll along the waterline on Christmas Day in Sydney's Bondi Beach, Australia

A couple stroll along the waterline on Christmas Day in Sydney's Bondi Beach, Australia

A couple rollerblade along the boardwalk on Christmas Day in Sydney's Bondi Beach, Australia

A couple rollerblade along the boardwalk on Christmas Day in Sydney's Bondi Beach, Australia

The outbreak now stands at a total of 118 cases, 108 of which are associated with the Avalon cluster on the northern beaches.

“We'd prefer people not to go to the CBD tomorrow because then people from all over Sydney come to one place and it only takes a case or two for it to spread everywhere – and we don't want that happens, ”said Ms. Berejiklian on Friday.

“I cannot emphasize enough how urgent people are to limit their mobility and not engage in any activity unless it is absolutely necessary to avoid the CBD where possible.

A group of friends sit on the edge of an empty Bondi Beach on December 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia

A group of friends sit on the edge of an empty Bondi Beach on December 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia

A couple in Christmas hats hold hands on December 25th on Bondi Beach

A couple in Christmas hats hold hands on December 25th on Bondi Beach

The northern beaches have been divided into two sections at Narrabeen Bridge, with those in the northern section where the cluster is located have stricter Christmas restrictions than those in the south.

Residents were not allowed to leave or greet anyone outside the area, but allowed five visitors to their homes on December 24, 25 and 26, before the lockdown rules resuming home visits.

Those south of Narrabeen Bridge cannot leave the northern beaches but can welcome 10 visitors to their homes on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, including people from all over NSW.

The government will decide on Boxing Day whether the residents south of the Narrabeen Bridge will be closed again on December 27th.

What are the Christmas Covid restrictions for NSW?

The following conditions apply on December 24th, 25th and 26th:

For the peninsula zone of the northern beaches (north of Narrabeen Bridge and east of Baha & # 39; i Temple):

· There is a new reason to leave home: to visit the home of others who live in this zone.

· Up to 5 visitors (total including children) are allowed in the home while they are in the peninsula zone.

· People are not allowed to enter or leave this zone unless there are four approved reasons.

· On December 27th, the region will fall back on existing restrictions.

For the rest (southern zone) of the northern beaches:

· There is a new reason to leave home: to visit the home of others who live in this zone.

· Up to 10 visitors (plus elementary school children and younger) can be at home. This can include people from outside this zone, with the exception of the Northern Beaches peninsula zone.

· People who live outside the northern beaches are allowed to visit other people in this zone.

· Residents of this zone are not allowed to leave for the four reasons already approved.

· We will reassess the restrictions in this zone after Boxing Day.

For the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong and Nepean Blue Mountains region:

· The current restrictions, which should expire at midnight tonight, remain in place.

· However, children of primary school age and younger may be admitted in addition to the current limit of 10 visitors for private households.

· On December 27th, the region will fall back on existing restrictions.

The restrictions for regional NSW remain unchanged.

In addition, from January 1, 2021, restaurants and hairdressers will have to use the NSW government's QR code system.

Decisions about New Years Eve and upcoming sporting events will be made after this Christmas season.

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