A COAST resident baffled by groups of people ignoring COVID-19 restrictions has called for the community to work together.
Mudjimba resident Louise Burnes was shocked to see big crowds of people sitting on the beach at North Shore over the weekend.
“It was crazy, it was like a regular Sunday summer morning,” she said.
“We are all struggling to cope with these changes in totally unpredicted times, but I get a strong sense that people think what they are being asked to do is unreasonable and what they are proposing is reasonable.”
Ms Burnes, who enjoys her morning walk along the beach with her dog, said people needed to realise how lucky the Sunshine Coast was.
“I know people who are living in Europe and they are stuck in their apartment … and they would love to take their children for a walk or to the playground or for a swim, but they can’t, they are locked in,” she said.
“We have so much freedom within our restrictions and yet people just say, ‘They are going to do what they want to do anyway’. I don’t understand it.
“We are being asked to do something for a very short time, it might be a month it might six, but in the span of our lifetime that is nothing, and if it makes a difference I think we just need to suck it up.”
Ms Burnes said it would be awful if the Sunshine Coast Council was forced to close the beaches like on the Gold Coast and in Sydney.
“I don’t want us to end up like the northern beaches of Sydney, where the beach is just closed and the reason being because people refused to follow the directions that have been given for our benefit,” she said.
“It would be very sad. So what are we as a community going to do so that council doesn’t have to make that decision?”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson is expected to issue a statement regarding Coast beaches.
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