Health Minister blasts Bondi beachgoers amid pandemic

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has blasted beachgoers who defied social distancing rules to crowd together at Bondi on Friday for “putting others at risk” and warning the federal government will be forced to resort to lock downs if the behaviour continues.

“What happened in Bondi was unacceptable, and the local council must take steps to stop that from occurring,” Mr Hunt told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.

“This is all of our responsibility, each of us … I would say to everybody, we are all in this together.”

Asked if the government would have no choice but to follow in the footsteps of the British government and “close everything down” if people did not comply, the Health Minister referred to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Friday that parts of Sydney and Melbourne may be shut down to slow the spread of the virus.


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