Sydney beaches packed despite warnings to stay home during coronavirus pandemic

Beaches in Sydney continue to be packed with crowds despite desperate pleas to stay home and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Manly on Sydney's picturesque Northern Beaches was packed on Saturday as locals adopted a 'business-as-usual' attitude despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Couples, families and friends were seen breaking social-distancing rules at the popular spot - with one family telling Daily Mail Australia that they wouldn't let the global crisis that has killed more than 50,000 people interrupt their usual morning swim.

Locals in Manly were spotted flouting social distancing laws in front of the Life Saving Club on Saturday morning

Locals in Manly were spotted flouting social distancing laws in front of the Life Saving Club on Saturday morning

Beachgoers ignored 1.5m social distancing rules and congregated in groups alongside Manly Beach on Saturday

Beachgoers ignored 1.5m social distancing rules and congregated in groups alongside Manly Beach on Saturday

One woman wore a colourful neon bikini to Manly Beach as she headed for a solo swim in the water

One woman wore a colourful neon bikini to Manly Beach as she headed for a solo swim in the water

Police, lifeguards and council rangers (pictured) approaches groups of people to enforce social distancing measures

Police, lifeguards and council rangers (pictured) approaches groups of people to enforce social distancing measures

Reid Shaw, 13, said: 'There's no difference, it feels the same.'

His father, Chris Shaw, noted that 'last week there were a few people here clumped in groups but I hope that people are starting to get the message about how serious this virus is now'.

Beachgoers at Manly today were pictured chatting in groups, ignoring the 1.5-metre distancing rule and sunbaking.

The Federal Government's tough social distancing measures ask that all Australians keep a distance of 1.5metres away from each other and restrict groups to a maximum of two people.

The NSW Government implemented further restrictions that only allow residents to leave their homes for one of 16 essential reasons.

These reasons include exercise, grocery shopping, seeking medical care and attending school or work. 

Beachgoers at Manly noticed that the walkway would often become filled with locals conducting their exercise too close together. 

One young woman out for a walk with her boyfriend noted that she felt at risk coming down to the beach. 

Jana, 26, said: 'It's really busy down here, people definitely aren't behaving any differently. I don't like to walk down here because I feel like it's too crowded.

Some Manly residents said that the social distancing laws had not impacted daily life by the beach

Some Manly residents said that the social distancing laws had not impacted daily life by the beach

One woman enjoyed the sunshine as she took to Manly Beach dressed in a wetsuit and a bikini with her surfboard

One woman enjoyed the sunshine as she took to Manly Beach dressed in a wetsuit and a bikini with her surfboard

Other beachgoers noted that the government restrictions were not being properly followed or understood

Other beachgoers noted that the government restrictions were not being properly followed or understood

One young couple spent time relaxing in the water as they chatted in the shallow waves of Manly Beach

One young couple spent time relaxing in the water as they chatted in the shallow waves of Manly Beach 

Two friends who were strolling along the walkway told Daily Mail Australia that social distancing was an issue in Manly. 

One woman, 33-year-old Kat, said: 'The social distancing measures are not well understood here.

'Not may people are giving you space, especially all the runners jogging and brushing up against you,' she said. 

'There's a bit of confusion around the restrictions and it's not really clear if we should be going out or staying home.' 

On being out and about herself, Kat said: 'I don't feel at risk. I feel most guilty that I

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