Thousands flock to Sydney beaches as temperatures rise above 30C, raising concerns about social distancing

Australia's beach. Photo: News.com.au. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SYDNEY, Oct 5, 2020, 9News. The first of Sydney’s beaches has closed as temperatures rise above 30C and crowds cause concerns about social distancing, 9News reported.

North Cronulla has put up signs and is stopping people from coming on to the sand. People who are already on the beach are not yet being asked to leave.

It is a public holiday in NSW and many people have flocked to the coast to enjoy the day off and sunshine.

Cronulla Beach main and all other Shire beaches are nearly full.

The beaches are at level two, which means they have not quiet reached capacity. Every 45 minutes there is an announcement telling people to social distance.

Further south in the Royal National Park near Wollongong the popular Wattamolla Beach has reached capacity, so the road in has been closed.

Nearby Garie Beach has also reached capacity, so Garie Road is closed.

Pictures also show Bondi and Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs crowded with people, while at Clovelly people appear to be more spaced out on the concrete.

Waverley Council warned about 1pm that Bondi Beach was set to close as it is almost full.

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