After hundreds of people gathered on Christmas Day at Sydney’s Bronte Beach for a holiday celebration that was only supposed to include 100 people maximum, the country’s Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs is threatening to cancel the visas of foreign visitors breaking COVID-19 rules.
Only 100 people are allowed to gather outdoors at one time, a rule which this gathering broke according to witnesses, with many attendees not even wearing face masks.
Peter Hannam, a local journalist who walked by the event, explained that there were foreign accents in the crowd, CNN reported.
Bronte beach parties… not so much social distancing going on… pic.twitter.com/3StFoCaWB8
— Peter Hannam (@p_hannam) December 25, 2020
Authorities eventually broke up the party and nobody truly knows how many foreign visitors attended, but with New Year’s parties coming up, the Australian government is issuing a warning.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the minister said, “Visitors to Australia need to be very clear that if they breach public health orders they are threatening the health and safety of Australians and the federal government will look at their visas.”
Although Australia’s borders are closed to everyone but its own citizens and residents, back in April the government allowed temporary visa holders to extend their stays.