Wed, 22 Sep 2021

Many Sydneysiders have been heading to beaches in their local areas as the weather warms, leading authorities in certain spots to restrict access last weekend and prompting furious debate online.

The current NSW public health orders allow people to leave home "to undertake exercise or outdoor recreation" under certain strict conditions (which may be different depending on what local government area you live in).

In Victoria, stay at home restrictions allow people in most areas to leave home for exercise, also under certain strict conditions.

So, if it's allowed under the public health orders for your area, is it OK to go to the beach? We asked five experts.

Authors: Sunanda Creagh - Senior Editor | Brett Mitchell - Professor of Nursing, University of Newcastle | C Raina MacIntyre - Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW | Catherine Bennett - Chair in Epidemiology, Deakin University | Hassan Vally - Associate Professor, La Trobe University | Jon Iredell - Professor, Medicine and Microbiology (conjoint), University of Sydney The Conversation

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