'combine the usual 'thousands flock to the beaches' yarn we normally do with the 'dire warning beaches will be closed' and it could ruin it for everyone and plunge Victoria back into lockdown'
Beaches could once again be closed to the public after hundreds of unmasked sunseekers flocked to the sand to kick off the weekend amid soaring temperatures.
Victoria's St Kilda was packed with large groups on Friday afternoon, many of whom seemed unconcerned with physical distancing, leading Premier Daniel Andrews to float the idea of closing beaches.
Footage from Friday showed crowds standing shoulder-to-shoulder and not wearing masks - with one Seven Network reporter being grabbed and kissed in the commotion.
People gathering at St Kilda beach on Friday in Melbourne, Australia. Coronavirus restrictions eased slightly across Melbourne from Monday 28 September as Victoria enters into its second step in the government's roadmap to reopening
Victoria's St Kilda was packed with large groups on Friday afternoon, some of whom seemed unconcerned with physical distancing, leading Premier Daniel Andrews to float the idea of closing beaches
Mr Andrews said closing beaches would be a decision Victoria Police would make as the summer months approached but would not say whether he thought officers should have broken apart Friday's crowds.
Speaking on Saturday, he did add that police were 'aware' of the beach gatherings and maintained a 'steely determination to make sure people are following the rules'.
'There is a substantial additional police presence out there making sure that these coronavirus rules are enforced,' Mr Andrews said.
'It was very disappointing, and I'm sure the cause of much anger across the community about what happened there last night,' he said.
'It was not just there, however, there were reports of similar activity and other beaches and in other places. But let's not detract from the fact that the vast majority of Victorians are doing quite an amazing job.'
Waverley Council, which includes Sydney's Bondi Beach, issued a warning to beachgoers ahead of the long weekend urging crowds to maintain COVID-19 precautions.
Bondi Beach (pictured) in Sydney packed with sunseekers enjoying the warmer weather has led to a warning being issued about crowds by Waverley Council
Footage from St Kilda on Friday showed crowds standing shoulder-to-shoulder and not wearing masks - with one Seven Network reporter being grabbed and kissed in the commotion
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton had earlier issued plea for Melburnians not 'risk everything' by gathering in large numbers on beaches over the next few weeks.
'Don't risk everything. What we can hold back now means a truly normal summer. Please - Hold. The. Line,' Prof Sutton tweeted on Saturday.
After two months of tough lockdown, many Melbourne residents rushed to get out and party in the sun as temperatures climbed towards 30 degrees on Friday.
They packed Williamstown, St Kilda and Port Melbourne beaches for their two hours of exercise time.
Professor Sutton retweeted footage from 7NEWS Melbourne along with his warning.
Reporter Paul Dowsley broadcast disturbing footage from St Kilda Beach of hundreds of young people cavorting without masks, shouting for joy and not respecting social distancing rules.
Some unmasked revellers swarmed him as he did his live cross., with one woman squealing in delight, ran up and kissed the camera, planting lip gloss on the lens.
A young man without a mask ran up and grabbed the reporters shoulder, kissed the side of his neck twice, then patted the top of his head and kissed the back of it, too.
People thronged to St Kilda beach at sunset on Friday, ignoring coronavirus