Bondi lifeguards used the empty sand of the iconic Sydney beach on Wednesday, April 1, to bring a message to visitors to stay clear during the coronavirus pandemic.
In this video, lifeguards with shovels can be seen walking around a message on the sand that reads “#STAY HOME”.
Bondi Beach was closed after visitors attracted controversy for ignoring social-distancing guidelines and packing the sand on March 19. The area was later identified as being a coronavirus hot spot after an outbreak of the disease among backpackers. A pop-up testing clinic was set up near the beach.
On March 30, the Australian government introduced strict new lockdown rules in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. From the following day onwards, gatherings of more than two people were banned, unless the individuals lived in the same household. Residents were told to leave their homes only for work or education, shopping for essentials, medical needs or exercise.
More than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 had been identified across the state of New South Wales by the morning of April 1 out of a national total of 4,707. Credit: elke00 via Storyful