More Than 100 People Attend Illegal Beach Party In Melbourne
Melbourne has only just come out of a deadly and devastating second wave of coronavirus infections that saw the city have one of the harshest lockdowns in the world.
You'd think they would all stick to the rules to ensure that doesn't happen again.
However dozens of partygoers gathered at a Melbourne beach on Sunday to have a cheeky illegal party and some thought it would be a good idea to upload evidence of it to social media.
A video shows more than 100 people gathered at Black Rock, a secluded beach in Melbourne's south-east, brazenly flouting the state's restrictions on public gatherings.
THIS. Happening in Black Rock now- Sunday night in Melbourne. @7NewsMelbourne @VictorianCHO pic.twitter.com/MrzhHKjq8k
- Jacqueline Felgate (@Jacquifelgate) November 15, 2020
Current laws only permit 10 people gathering, however footage shows large groups of ravers congregating at the beach, with little social distancing and no face masks to be seen.
Victoria Police officers later attended the scene and shut the party down. No one was arrested and no fines were issued to those who violated Covid rules.
Users on social media were distinctly divided, with some slamming partygoers for engaging in risky behaviour so soon after restrictions were eased, while others felt that Melburnians deserved some fun after being in strict lockdown for 112 days.
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One Twitter user commented: "I see no issue. All the evidence says the risk of outdoor transmission is low, especially in Australia where there's a very low case load."
Another agreed, saying: "Best thing I have seen in months... just fantastic looks like they are having a ball."
However, others were less sympathetic, calling attendees 'selfish' and 'stubborn'.
A user said: "What a bunch of useless children..wake up to yourselves!! Total disrespect on others, and wear your bloody masks!! Fine the lot!!!"
Another added: "And then if there is another outbreak and get locked down they will be the first to start wingeing (sic) that they're not allowed to go anywhere!"
Similar scenes were witnessed following the easing of the state's strict lockdown restrictions last month, with massive crowds seen flocking to Kmart as they waited for the stores to open at the stroke of midnight.
It comes as Victoria recorded its 17th consecutive day with no new coronavirus cases or deaths - though three active cases remain.
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