Police were reminding buskers last week in Byron Bay that Byron Shire Council has extended the suspension of Busking permits in the Byron Bay CBD until July 31, owing to the possibility of attracting large crowds, in breach of the current restrictions.
Little did they know the weekend they had coming up with at least two large parties in the area causing concerns about the possibility of a COVIC-19 breakout in the shire.
Last week police warned several people busking in Byron Bay that they may be committing an offence by busking and then found themselves responding to numerous calls about large house parties including parties of 200+ at Byron Bay and 1000+ at Wilsons Creek.
Because of the numbers involved, police were forced to close down the parties and advise people to return to their homes.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe, of the Tweed/Byron Police, said the situation was very disappointing. ‘You can still have a good, smaller party, but certainly don’t go to the extremes that we’ve seen in the last few days.
A police media release was sent out to remind the public that the existing Health Minister’s COVID-19 restrictions limit visitors to the home to 20 people. Substantial fines may be issued if offences are detected.