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April 21, 2021

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There are double standards locally regarding the number limits and social distancing at events.

I refer to the heavy police presence and arrests at a recent ‘Freedom’ rally in Byron. By contrast, I witnessed several hundred people mingling closely at a rugby match on Saturday 19 September at the recreation grounds in Byron Bay.

The crowd stretched from the clubhouse to the second lot of tiered seating in a strip between the playing field and the fence. I saw no police presence there.

When I approached a security guard regarding social distancing regulations, he passed responsibility on to a guy in a pink t-shirt who was in charge of the COVID sign-in table. Pink t-shirt guy also passed off any responsibility, citing the club president as being responsible. He waved into the crowd to demonstrate where the club president was.

I was left feeling that the organisers felt no obligation to ‘play by the rules’ after my interactions with these two.

Isn’t the sporting club putting on the event responsible, and not a passing resident witnessing a clear breach of current COVID Safe regulations?

The lack of police presence at such a large gathering in these times indicates their unwillingness to ensure the safety of all residents in our Shire.

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  1. You are quite right. All gatherings of twenty or more need to have agreed Covidsafe plans and abide by them. To be fair police have been fining some pubs for not abiding by the rules, but it sounds like they need to at least keep an eye on sporting fields too.

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