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Coronavirus In Australia: Bondi Beach Officially Reopens

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Beachgoers enjoy their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Beachgoers enjoy their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Sydney’s Bondi Beach reopened Tuesday morning, more than a month after it was closed due to thousands of people disregarding social distancing rules.

The beach is opened for exercise only with people funnelled to the water through tape, as NSW takes further steps to ease lockdown restrictions caused by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Rangers are on standby to tell surfers and swimmers to leave their possessions on the sand.

With temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius and overcast skies, the weather was not exactly perfect for the beach but the ABC reported 600 people went through the gates before 9am.

Local council has said the reopening is meant to be for locals only but HuffPost understands rangers are not checking IDs at this time.

Here are the best images and reactions to the reopening of Bondi (and nearby Bronte):

Surfers walk as Bondi Beach reopens to surfers and swimmers after it was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with strict social distancing measures remaining in place.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Surfers walk as Bondi Beach reopens to surfers and swimmers after it was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with strict social distancing measures remaining in place.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A pregnant swimmer returns to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
A pregnant swimmer returns to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Swimmers return to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Swimmers return to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
The first swimmers return to the water at Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
The first swimmers return to the water at Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
The first swimmers return to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
The first swimmers return to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
The first swimmers run into the water as Bronte Beach is reopened at Bronte Beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The first swimmers run into the water as Bronte Beach is reopened at Bronte Beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
A man poses with a message on his back before enjoying his first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A man poses with a message on his back before enjoying his first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Beachgoers smile as they arrive for their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Beachgoers smile as they arrive for their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A sign tells surfers to leave once they have finished surfing at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A sign tells surfers to leave once they have finished surfing at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Surfers wait for officials to open Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coranavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Surfers wait for officials to open Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coranavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Surfers prepare to enter the water at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Surfers prepare to enter the water at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Surfers prepare to enter the water at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Surfers prepare to enter the water at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A person practices Yoga at Bronte Beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
A person practices Yoga at Bronte Beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Swimmers return to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Swimmers return to Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
The first swimmers run into the water as Bronte Beach is reopened at Bronte Beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The first swimmers run into the water as Bronte Beach is reopened at Bronte Beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The first swimmers run into the water as Bronte Beach is reopened on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The first swimmers run into the water as Bronte Beach is reopened on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Beachgoers enjoy their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020 (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Beachgoers enjoy their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020 (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
The media capture surfers waiting for the 7am reopening of Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
The media capture surfers waiting for the 7am reopening of Bondi beach on April 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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