Kevin Rudd’s wife, Thérèse Rein, has been criticized for asking why sunbakers weren’t arrested for enjoying a 30C day during the Covid lockdown in Sydney.
Responding to a tweet about how ‘insanely busy’ Sydney’s Balmoral Beach was on Saturday, Ms Rein wrote: ‘Why aren’t they being arrested?’
The 63-year-old multimillionaire, who lives with former Labor Prime Minister Rudd in a $17 million waterfront mansion on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, was unaware that recreation is allowed under NSW public health regulations.
Kevin Rudd’s wife, Thérèse Rein (pictured together) is outraged when asked why sunbakers legally enjoy fresh air during the Covid lockdown in Sydney were not arrested.
The 63-year-old who once received a medal for her commitment to human rights, wanted to know ‘why aren’t they being arrested?’
Liberal MP Dave Sharma, who has repeatedly championed law-abiding beachgoers in his Wentworth electorate, including Bondi Beach, said Ms Rein’s comments were “divisive and judgmental”.
“It has been tough for Sydney during the lockdown. Going outside is one of the few shelters available to people,” he told the Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
Mr Sharma also said it was wrong for Ms Rein to criticize Sydneysiders for soaking up the sun while enjoying the lockdown-free life in Queensland.
“It is both brutal and uncharitable to demand – no less from the highways – that people be arrested for activities that are in compliance with public health regulations and for which all evidence to date shows that they pose no risk to public health,” he said. he.
Beachgoers sit and swim at Balmoral Beach (pictured) amid ongoing social restrictions due to the Sydney pandemic on Sunday
Liberal MP Dave Sharma (pictured volunteering for a homeless charity earlier this month) said Ms Rein’s comments were divisive
“Remarks like this only sow division. Let’s all try to be a little more understanding and a little less judgmental, then we’ll get through this crisis all the better.’
An hour after posting her first tweet on Saturday, Ms Rein admitted she didn’t know recreation was allowed, but called for stricter lockdown rules.
“I think the rules are different in NSW under lockdown than in Qld under lockdown. But it’s just that, with so many new cases a day as NSW has, you wonder if the rules are up to the mark,” she wrote.
A source close to her said she wasn’t calling for people to be arrested, she just asked why they didn’t.
Due to the low risk of Covid spreading outdoors, Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer of NSW is encouraging Sydney residents – who have been locked up since late June – to get outside to stay in good mental and physical health.
A Twitter user described the weekend scenes at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach as “insanely busy” (pictured on Sunday)
While it is possible to catch Covid outdoors, it is extremely rare – generally requiring people to be around for a ‘considerable’ period of time – less than two meters – around.
Several angry Twitter users criticized Ms Rein — who reportedly made $150 million when she sold her occupational and business psychology services company Igneus in 2014 — after making the comment on Sydney’s hottest day since January.
“Imagine sitting in your Queensland country house with Kevin07 urging people to arrest people on the highway for going to the beach,” said one commenter.
Another wrote: ‘Because they are not criminals, they hunt’ and ‘because we don’t arrest people because they are in a public place where they are allowed to be’.
“I know this is a challenge for many people to understand. But after a lengthy investigation into the details of the current restrictions, it appears that it is technically not illegal to be outside,” said another.
Mrs Rein lives in this mansion on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It features a 12-metre pool and a cinema room. She bought it in May 2020 for $17 million, according to Domain
Thousands of sun-drenched Sydneysiders who have been staying at home for more than 13 weeks descended on the city’s beaches this weekend as temperatures soared to 30C.
Beaches from Manly in the north to Cronulla in the south saw a crowded crowd with photos of Bondi and Coogee in the eastern suburbs that looked more like photos taken before the Covid pandemic hit.
The nearby Woollahra Council was even forced to shut down Camp Cove at Watson’s Bay and Redleaf Beach at Double Bay after huge crowds flooded the popular harborside spots.
The reaction came immediately from angry Twitter users who shot at the former first lady of Australia
Many followed Covid protocols by visiting with just one friend and wearing a mask, but police were on hand to remind sunbathers to follow public health regulations – as the number of new coronavirus cases rises between 1,200 and 10,000 each day. 1500 continues to fluctuate.
Photos showed officers approaching scantily clad Bondi residents to tell them to wear face coverings while not swimming, surfing, walking or jogging.
Sydney residents face a $500 fine for not wearing a mask “in all indoor or outdoor areas except a residence.”
But infectious disease professor Peter Collignon said the risks associated with outdoor transmission are actually extremely scarce — about 20 to 30 times lower than indoors.
Police patrol Coogee Beach on Sunday to ensure sunbathers don’t defy Covid-19 restrictions
Uniformed police ensure no one traveled more than 3 miles from home to lie on the beach on Sunday morning (photo, Bondi)
“Basically, if you’re outside and especially if you keep two meters away, you’re very unlikely to get the virus. When you’re outside and you’re closer than that [for significant periods]and then wear a mask,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“I don’t think we should discourage people from going outside. It is safer to spend time outdoors with your family than indoors.
“Second, there are emotional and psychological costs associated with staying indoors for so long.”
But despite the barrage of criticism of Ms Rein for her happy comments about beachgoers, many on social media agreed with the respected rehabilitation consultant and social entrepreneur.
A number of social media users agreed with Ms Rein saying there is a ‘double standard’ when it comes to Sydney Covid restrictions
‘There is still a curfew in western Sydney with helicopter flights at dusk!! Incredible double standards,” one wrote.
Others accused Liberal Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian of ‘giving up’.
Another wrote: ‘Death doesn’t matter who you are… this pathogen has now been released… these people will find out soon enough.’
NSW RULES ON EXERCISE AND OUTDOOR RECREATION
Stay within your municipal area or within 3 miles of your home.
If you’re traveling by private vehicle, don’t share it with people you don’t live with, except your “singles bubble” buddy.
You can exercise with one other person you don’t live with, or your ‘singles bubble’ buddy.
If you live with more than two other people, you can all go out for sports or recreation
Recreation includes outdoor leisure activities, such as sitting to relax or eating, drinking, or reading outdoors.
But masks should be worn during outdoor recreation and anytime you are not exercising, and you should always have one with you.
From Monday 13 September, up to five fully vaccinated residents will be able to meet for an outdoor picnic, as long as residents live outside the 12 LGAs of concern in western Sydney.
Source: NSW Health