Sydneysiders started the festivities early as picnic hotspots in Bondi and Manly were turned into boozy moshpits before Independence Day – which police forced to evacuate the raging people
- Huge people gather on the beaches in Bondi and Manly the day before Freedom Day
- Police were forced to disperse crowds on Bondi beach on Saturday night
- Residents risk fines for Covid violations until restrictions are lifted on Monday
- From October 11, outdoor gatherings are allowed for 30 people fully vaccinated
Picnic hotspots have become boozy moshpits in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and northern beaches as residents risked the fine to celebrate Freedom Day early.
Hundreds gathered by the water in Bondi and Manly on Saturday night to partake before the Covid restriction relaxed on Monday for residents who were double jabbed.
Many people flocked to ‘The Office’ in Manly – a popular beach spot near the pier – where music exploded and a not -so -fast dance took place.
The Revelers were filmed crammed together and without a mask as they deleted ABBA songs with a drink catch while some were reported to pee.
Similar scenes took place on the beach of Bondi, after police were forced to evict many people who began to gather throughout the day.
A number of evacuation directions were given to residents while no fines were issued even on public health orders in place until Monday.
Hundreds of cheerleaders flocked to Manly beach on Saturday (pictured) just a few days shy of the state’s scheduled Freedom Day
Residents began gathering during the day at the popular waterfront picnic hotspot in Manly (pictured)
Police reflected on the movement of the raging crowd just after 7pm with reports of drinking alcohol against council restrictions.
Under Covid-19 restrictions only groups of five adults who have been vaccinated are allowed to gather outside until home stay orders are reduced on Oct. 11.
But residents are desperate to taste normal life again as Sydneysiders mark 15 weeks living in lockdown.
The reaction was mixed on social media, where images and footage of the wild scenes were shared.
Hundreds gathered at Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before police dispersed them
Police issue transfer directives to braggarts after sunset without fines being issued (pictured)
‘It’s anarchy. Yes, alcohol can be consumed there, but the police have no power- there are also public health orders that can be enforced, ’wrote the news publisher Manly Observer.
‘Where is the police?’, One local asked, while another slammed the detractors for being ‘selfish’ and ‘privileged’.
Others praised large groups of young people for having fun on a Saturday night.
Sydney residents are pictured flocking to Bondi beach days before the state’s scheduled reopening on October 11
Public health orders are still in effect until Monday Oct. 11, with only groups of five fully vaccinated adults allowed to gather outside the home.
‘This is what happens when people are confined like animals,’ wrote one man.
‘Will 28 hours really make any difference in the outcome ?,’ pointed out another.
Let’s just put things in perspective. It’s been a horrible few years for young people especially. They are at the very end of their lives and are certainly excited that the world will soon open next week and be in a highly vaccinated LGA. Enough of the war generation, ‘reasoned another.
The scenes in Bondi show police immediately dispersing the large crowd just after sunset
Residents arrive to celebrate Independence Day early after NSW reached its 70 per cent vaccination target this week
Double -vaccinated residents will enjoy more freedom from October 11 after NSW reached its 70 per cent vaccination target this week.
Until Monday up to ten guests are allowed to gather in a house where all adults are vaccinated, while outdoor gatherings have a 30 person limit.
Pubs, restaurants and cafes will open up to beachgoers who no longer rely on picnics just for food and drink.