‘Selfish’ backpackers who flouted Covid rules to enjoy wild Christmas parties could be deported

A seething Liberal MP has declared a number of ‘selfish backpackers’ who ignored strict Covid rules before attending a party should be deported from Australia. 

Scores of people, mostly believed to be backpackers, ignored health orders to attend a wild Christmas Day party at Bronte Beach, in Sydney’s east.

Police attended the scene and broke up the gathering, with no arrests made.  

Liberal MP Jason Falinski, who is based at Narrabeen on Sydney’s coronavirus-hit Northern Beaches, called for any backpacker who was at the party to be sent home. 

Liberal MP Jason Falinksi (pictured left) has called for those backpackers who attended a party at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day to be deported

Liberal MP Jason Falinksi (pictured left) has called for those backpackers who attended a party at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day to be deported

There were wild scenes (pictured above) at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day when a number of backpackers attended a party despite Covid rules in place

There were wild scenes (pictured above) at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day when a number of backpackers attended a party despite Covid rules in place

‘There are people up here that are very angry about it. We’ve done an incredibly good job in 2020 of managing this pandemic,’ he told Sky News.

‘If you’re here in this country as a guest…to do that was just extraordinary.’ 

The northern zone of the Northern Beaches will remain locked down until January 9 to stop the disease spreading – but residents will be allowed five visitors from the zone on New Year’s Eve.

The southern zone will be released from lockdown on January 2 – but residents are allowed 10 visitors from the zone on December 31. 

A furious Mr Falinski then doubled down, suggesting facial recognition technology be introduced in a bid to identify those partygoers from December 25.

‘Their visas should be cancelled and they should be deported immediately,’ he told the Northern Beaches Advocate on Saturday.

‘The law-abiding citizens of this country should not be put at risk by the people who clearly do not care for the people of this country or what happens to them. They have worn out their welcome.

‘I will be calling on my government to request the identity of these people from state authorities, using facial recognition technology to compare with their passports if necessary.’

Five new cases, all linked to the Northern Beaches cluster, were reported in New South Wales on Monday, taking the outbreak to 126 cases overall. 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also couldn't believe the selfishness of numerous backpackers (pictured above) at Bronte Beach in Sydney's east on Christmas Day

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also couldn’t believe the selfishness of numerous backpackers (pictured above) at Bronte Beach in Sydney’s east on Christmas Day

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said backpackers should be aware how privileged they are to sample the Australian lifestyle, even in a pandemic.  

‘If they were in Europe right now, most of them wouldn’t be allowed outside the front door,’ he said.

‘The fact that you can go out here is a privilege, and it should be respected in an appropriate way, in accordance with the government’s requirements.’ 

What are the restrictions for New Year’s Eve in Sydney? 

For New Year’s Eve Celebrations:

• The CBD frontline worker fireworks vantage point offering is cancelled. Frontline workers will be offered another opportunity in 2021.

• Hospitality venues will remain open but must adhere to the one person per four square metres rule.

• Council events may continue but they must be controlled and seated with no mingling, and record keeping requirements must be strictly adhered to.

• A short, seven minute fireworks display will continue at midnight. 

Unless you have a New Year’s Eve Pass through Service NSW, you will not be able to enter designated zones around Circular Quay, North Sydney and the City.

From midnight Monday 28 December: 

For the Northern Beaches peninsula zone (North of Narrabeen Bridge, and east of the Baha’i Temple), the following rules apply until January 9:

· The health situation remains volatile and the current restrictions will remain in place to supress community transmission.

· However, indoor and outdoor gatherings will be allowed for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day but will be restricted to five visitors in total from within your zone (and includes at homes).

· Current arrangements allowing five people to gather outdoors (not at homes) for exercise and recreation, from within the same zone, continues.

· No restaurants, cafes, pubs or clubs (except for takeaway) will be permitted to open, including for New Year’s Eve.

For the remainder (southern zone) of the Northern Beaches, the following rules apply until January 2:

· The health situation remains volatile and the current restrictions will remain in place to supress community transmission.

· However, indoor and outdoor gatherings will be allowed for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day but will be restricted to 10 visitors in total from within your zone (and includes at homes).

· Current arrangements allowing 10 people to gather outdoors (not at homes) for exercise and recreation, from within the same zone, continues.

· No restaurants, cafes, pubs or clubs (except for takeaway) will be permitted to open, including for New Year’s Eve.

For Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong the following rules apply:

• Gatherings in the home remain at 10 visitors in total (including children).

• Outside gatherings (such as picnics) will be restricted to 50 people in total (down from 100).

For regional NSW there is no change to current arrangements. 

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