Beaches at Coogee and Maroubra in Sydney’s east have been closed after crowds of people “having a splash” flocked to the stretches of sand, which were open for exercise only on Friday.
A Randwick Council spokesman said the beaches shut shortly before 1pm and will remain closed for the rest of the day.
He said lifeguards made the decision to clear the beaches because they were “reaching capacity” and a large number of people – mostly families and children – did not appear to be using the areas to exercise.
“This closure was really due to the behaviour. Very few people are actually exercising, they’re having a splash in the water and that’s not the purpose. We need to remind people the ‘stay home’ rule still applies,” the spokesman said.