In Australia, authorities have threatened to deport hoards of backpackers who ignored social distancing rules to have a Christmas Day party on Bronte Beach.
The event took place on Sydney’s Bronte Beach as hundreds of revellers decided to ignore the face-covering and social distancing rules.
Video footage of the party was uploaded to social media and caused widespread anger amongst local officials who have been battling to keep the infection rate down.
Officials called the scenes “absolutely appalling”.
He then went on to issue a stark warning to anyone else who is thinking of ignoring the rules.
Mr Hawke said: “If somebody is threatening public safety or health, their visa can be cancelled and revoked”.
This could prove problematic because none of the revellers’ details were obtained by the police and the police issued no fines following the Bronte Beach party.
Local media reported that the majority of people at the event were from the UK.
One local journalist told the BBC: “You could hear lots of clearly English accents, and several people were wearing the white English football jerseys”.
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