Married At First Sight’s Michael Brunelli slams Bondi Beach-goers over shutdown during coronavirus

Michael Brunelli has slammed sun-seekers who ignored social distancing rules to enjoy a day at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Friday, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Married At First Sight star, 29, said their actions were ‘absolutely ridiculous’ in a video shared to his Instagram Story on Saturday.

Michael later commended police for shutting down Bondi Beach, saying that it’s ‘much needed’ and hopefully people will start taking the crisis ‘seriously’.

Anger: In an Instagram Stories post shared on Saturday, Married At First Sight star Michael Brunelli (pictured) slammed sun-seekers who ignored social distancing rules to enjoy a day at Sydney's Bondi Beach on Friday, amid the coronavirus pandemic

Anger: In an Instagram Stories post shared on Saturday, Married At First Sight star Michael Brunelli (pictured) slammed sun-seekers who ignored social distancing rules to enjoy a day at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Friday, amid the coronavirus pandemic 

‘Just a quick update of what social distancing looks like in Bondi,’ a shirtless Michael said while standing on a balcony opposite Bondi Beach.  

The primary school teacher-turned-personal trainer panned the camera across the beach, drawing attention to thousands taking position on the sand.      

Michael later shared a screen grab of a news article that revealed police had shut down Bondi Beach in response to the blatant ignoring of social distancing rules, and captioned it simply with a clapping hands emoji.

Oh dear: The primary school teacher-turned-personal trainer panned the camera across the beach, drawing attention to thousands taking position on the sand

Oh dear: The primary school teacher-turned-personal trainer panned the camera across the beach, drawing attention to thousands taking position on the sand

Not happy: The reality star said their actions were 'absolutely ridiculous' in the video shared on Saturday

Not happy: The reality star said their actions were ‘absolutely ridiculous’ in the video shared on Saturday

No more fun in the sun: Michael later commended police for shutting down Bondi Beach, saying that it's 'much needed' and hopefully people will start taking the crisis 'seriously'

No more fun in the sun: Michael later commended police for shutting down Bondi Beach, saying that it’s ‘much needed’ and hopefully people will start taking the crisis ‘seriously’

The one-time reality star took to Instagram Stories once again on Saturday, to give fans an update on the current scene in Bondi.

‘Obviously it’s been on the news, after yesterday was absolutely ridiculous, so check this out,’ he said while panning the camera across a now-empty Bondi Beach.

‘Absolutely nobody there, hopefully people can start taking this seriously now,’ Michael concluded his post.   

In an unprecedented move, officials closed the beach with immediate effect on Saturday, after shocking pictures showed thousands of sunbathers ignoring health warnings.

Rules: In an unprecedented move, officials closed the beach with immediate effect on Saturday, after shocking pictures showed thousands of sunbathers ignoring health warnings

Rules: In an unprecedented move, officials closed the beach with immediate effect on Saturday, after shocking pictures showed thousands of sunbathers ignoring health warnings

Australia suffered a huge overnight spike in coronavirus cases, taking the national total to 1,041, prompting calls for people to do their bit to stop it spreading further.

Speaking from Bondi Beach on Saturday afternoon, police minister David Elliot said: ‘This is the most irresponsible behaviour we’ve seen so far.’

‘This is not something we’re doing because we’re the fun police, this is about saving lives.’

‘We cannot have an area where more than 500 people are gathered.’   

‘If the community does not comply, this is going to become the new normal.’ 

On Saturday, the NSW government made the decision to shut the beach completely, following the national crowd rules – after it became swamped with revellers this week as they flocked to enjoy the 30C temperatures.

Under regulations introduced to control the spread of the deadly virus, outdoor gatherings of 500 people or more have been banned.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness accompanied by fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath and fatigue. It can produce pneumonia.

The spread of the disease, which began in Wuhan, China, has seen over 245,900 cases worldwide and more than 10,000 fatalities.

As of the evening of March 21, the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in Australia is 1,041 including seven deaths.  

Scary: As of the evening of March 21, the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in Australia is 1,041 including seven deaths

Scary: As of the evening of March 21, the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in Australia is 1,041 including seven deaths

 

 

 

 


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