“Absolutely appalling” NSW Health Minister slams Xmas day party-goers

Health authorities in NSW have slammed “selfish” party-goers who gathered on Sydney’s Bronte Beach on Christmas Day.

The riot police were called in to disperse the hundreds of people, who were filmed dancing and shouting on the beach on Friday afternoon.

No social distancing was observed at the large gathering, with fears it could be a super spreader COVID event.


NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has this morning condemned the actions of those involved, labelling it “absolutely appalling” behaviour.

“People in the Northern Beaches have been doing their part big-time to keep not only themselves but the rest of Sydney safe,” he said.

“It is absolutely appalling to see what was clearly a group of people, a large gathering of people who didn’t give a damn about the rest of Sydney.

“Let me tell you, that event, I am hoping, will not become a super spreader event. But it has every chance that it could be.”

Mr Hazzard said that in the earlier stages of the pandemic “we had some challenges with backpackers who clearly wanted to party in the eastern suburbs”.

“It cannot go on,” he said.

“There is still a major risk for us with COVID, and my message to those people and people who know any of those people, is tell them to stop it, cut it out, or you may well end up with the virus itself or you may end up being part of a super spreader event.”

It comes after NSW recorded nine new cases on Saturday, eight linked to the Avalon cluster, following 40,000 tests on Christmas Day.