Northern Beaches residents vent their anger over Christmas gatherings being cancelled as Sydney’s virus cluster grows to 28 cases
- Covid cluster in Sydney’s Northern Beaches has halted Christmas celebrations
- Residents in area have vented their frustration about cancelled events online
- NSW Health announced on Friday morning the cluster has grown to 28 cases
- The area has a stay-at-home request in place for the next three days
Northern Beaches residents have vented their frustrations online over Christmas celebrations being cancelled after a virus cluster in the area grew to 28 cases.
A stay-at-home recommendation for the next three days has been issued by the New South Wales government but this has not yet become a public health order.
‘For social gatherings in NSW over Christmas, please consider what is essential and follow guidelines, but we certainly don’t want anyone in the Northern Beaches doing that,’ Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Friday morning.
Northern beach residents (pictured) are seen lining up at a COVID-19 pop-up testing location at Avalon Recreation Centre on December 18, 2020
Tiktok users (pictured) vented their frustration at holiday events being cancelled because of a Covid cluster
‘The last thing anyone wants to do is get the virus and then turn up to Christmas lunch and give it to everyone, that is the risk, we can get on top of this but it requires work,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
The outbreak was identified on Wednesday afternoon when a couple in their 60s and 70s tested positive having visited nine venues across the Northern Beaches instead of self-isolating while awaiting results.
On Friday, TikTok user janedoe.anonymous posted a short video sarcastically thanking those who did not follow Covid precautions, captioned: ‘Cheers bud’.
‘When you tan for your Christmas party but a superspreader f**** it for everyone,’ she wrote.
Another TikTok user definitelynotadele posted a video on Thursday night captioned: ‘The rest of Australia to the Northern Beaches’ in which she taps a finger on her temple in a ‘think’ motion.
One man took to Twitter to complain he would not get to catch up with his family because of the coronavirus cluster
Sydney’s northern beaches (pictured in red) will remain in a gentle lockdown until at least Sunday with 270,000 people asked to stay at home and avoid travel, amid fears the virus could spread across the whole city
Other people took to Twitter to encourage others to complain about missing holiday celebrations.
‘Thank you to the entitles, arrogant, selfish idiots on the Northern Beaches who didn’t think they needed to self isolate. I now can’t see my family members I see once a year for Christmas,’ one person wrote.
‘To everyone on the Northern Beaches, stay home and stay safe,’ added another person.
Some people questioned whether the stay-at-home request should be an order
Many people encouraged residents of the Northern Beaches to follow precautions and stay safe
Hundreds of residents waited in long queue to be tested on Thursday after the shock cluster popped up in the city’s north, which has not seen coronavirus case on mass since April (pictured, the queue at Mona Vale Hospital on Thursday afternoon)