Shocking scenes have emerged of Boxing Day shoppers at Parramatta Westfield in Sydney‘s west, and also images from the heart of Sydney in Pitt Street Mall.
A video posted on Twitter by @nasemallam showed Parramatta Westfield heaving with shoppers. Although some were seen wearing masks, the majority were not following social distancing requirements.
“This makes me sick to my stomach- we will see the effects of this in a few days at Westmead,” read one response.
“As a Victorian, this is heartbreaking. We stayed home for months, missed out on seeing family & friends while the rest of the country went about enjoying life and looking on us with disdain. NSW couldn’t stay home for one week?! You were even allowed 10 adults over for Xmas!” shared another user.
A resident from Sydney‘s locked-down suburb of Avalon (in the northern beaches) also shared a photo of an empty main street, writing: “Yet this is Avalon on a Sunday afternoon, we are all more than happy to keep the north of the northern beaches closed to this craziness a little longer”.
Following packed photos of Sydney‘s Parramatta Westfield, it appears shoppers also flocked to Sydney’s CBD stores too.
Photos taken by Sydney photographer Mark Kriedemann from 1pm on Boxing Day show that many NSW residents did not follow the Premier‘s orders to stay at home.
Many headed into the city to score Boxing Day deals, ignoring government advice.
Pitt St Mall around Town Hall was packed, with shoppers at times shoulder-to-shoulder.
This comes as NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard denounced revellers at an impromptu Bronte Beach party on Christmas Day. Hundreds of people gathered at Bronte Beach Park and were seen dancing and drinking in tight circles.
Speaking to media on Saturday, Mr Hazzard this behaviour could spark the next “super spreader event”.
“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.
“Let me tell you, that event, I am hoping will not become a super spreader event. But has every chance that it could be.“
Ironically, in the same press conference both NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW‘s Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant thanked residents for following not going into the CBD amid concerns of a next cluster.
“Obviously the number of people was substantially reduced and we’re deeply grateful,” said Ms Berejiklian.
“We know today the strategy we have in place is working and I want to really thank everybody for trying so hard and working so hard during what is often a time when we are all coming together.”