In the eastern suburbs, the beach was approaching capacity around noon. Beach ambassadors, rangers and lifeguards patrol Bondi all day, reminding people to keep a towel away from other groups to keep a social distance on the sand.
The Waverley Council advised Bondi Beach to be nearly full before 2 pm and asked people to delay their visit.
Waverly Mayor Paula Maceros said he was grateful to the beach goers for responding to the council’s message and returning to another opportunity. “We didn’t have to restrict access to the sand,” she said.
“This long weekend was a tester this summer as it adapts to the new usual way of managing numbers and monitoring social distance and group size … no matter how busy our space was. Regardless, I’m really happy that everyone was having fun. COVID Safe yet sunshine. “
“The beach atmosphere was great and people were having fun and spreading … Overall, it was a great start to the summer period,” she said.
The Landwick Council gave similar advice from 1 pm, asking people to make another plan or visit nearby parks and reserves instead of sand.
The Sutherland Shire Council is vigilant when the Cronulla Beach parking lot is full by 2 pm and encourages beach goers to visit other parts of the Bait Bay coastline or delay their visit until the crowd subsides. I did.
A spokeswoman said public security personnel and observers worked with NSW police to control crowd numbers and social distance. Roads in Royal National Park have also been closed to prevent visitors to Watamora and Garie Beach, which have reached their limits.
On the northern beach, Dee Why was full of families as the group was trying to secure a place for the day on Monday morning.
Traffic jams marked the end of a long weekend and drivers returning to Sydney warned that they would expect extra travel time.
The afternoon delay welcomed travelers north on the Hume Highway around Bargo and Wilton, and the Princes Highway between the Waterfall and Heathcote. There was also a lot of traffic to the south on the Pacific Highway.
Returning east from the Blue Mountains, vehicles stopped at Victoria Pass around noon to ease traffic between Mount Victoria and Black Heath.
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Mary Ward is a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Natasia is an educational journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.