Concerns over summertime beach usage have been raised in New South Wales after local Sydney councils closed beaches over the long weekend when temperatures above 30 degrees celcius drew thousands of people to the surf and sand, pushing the beaches to their capacity and causing concern over social distancing.
Just after Monday lunchtime, Waverly Council announced Bondi Beach was reaching its 6,000 capacity and that the beach would soon have to close.
An hour later, Surf Life Saving Sydney announced via a post on Twitter that Sutherland Shire beaches, including Cronulla Beach, were closed after car parks had reached capacity. The Surf Lifesavers advised the public to not head down to the beach that day.
Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches reopened on April 28.
Randwick council reopened Maroubra, Clovelly, and Coogee on April 20. However, thanks to crowds not complying with the social distancing they were closed again four days later.
Nunn suggested adopting timed tickets to ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the beach.
"I was surprised at the lack of creative thinking applied to our open spaces by elected officials who’ve had more than eight months to prepare more inventive ideas for COVID-safe spaces," Nunn said.
Looking to the UK for inspiration, Britain had its first socially distanced outdoor concert in August, which saw 2,500 fans gathering on 500 separate elevated seating sections.
Spaced two metres apart, each of the platforms had a table, chairs, and even a fridge.