No, this doesn’t mean ‘grab the whole family and get to partying’, but Bondi and Bronte Beach are in the process of reopening for exercise purposes only.

Restrictions have been at an all time high in the midst of COVID-19. With all concerts and sporting events put to a standstill, pubs shutting their doors, and all unnecessary travel halted, it might have seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a trip down to the beach.

Well, you’re not alone in thinking that, as many people flocked to Bondi and Bronte Beach, forcing them to produce signs and barriers and closing.

Now, as we’ve seen a steady decrease in the amount of COVID-19 cases around Australia, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hinting that restrictions could soon be relaxed, we’re starting to see the beginning of getting back to normal, as both Bondi and Bronte Beach are set to reopen for swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Starting Tuesday, April 28th, both Sydney-side beaches will have entry and exit points for the approved activities, as well as rangers in place to make sure that everyone is adhering to the social distancing regulations of two or less persons or members of your household with you.

All land activities, such as sunbathing, jogging, walking, and beachside picnics are still suspended, and you’ll cop a hefty fine by rangers monitoring the area.

You better toe the line, too, when it comes to these lifted, but still restricted, areas, as Mayor of Waverley Paula Masselos has stated that “if residents do not adhere to the conditions of these measures or follow the instructions of our Rangers or Lifeguards, then the Council will have no choice but to remove all access to the water.”

So, enjoy your new-found freedom, surfers and swimmers! Just make sure you don’t bring a hoard of friends along.

Get unlimited access to the coverage that shapes our culture.
to Rolling Stone magazine
to Rolling Stone magazine