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The ABC is reporting that authorities are shocked about 1,000 people gathering for a bush doof in Wilsons Creek near Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW despite Covid-19 restrictions banning gatherings larger than 20 people indoors.
“[We have] an amazing level of concern that people believe that they can congregate to 1,000 people and disregard physical distancing and put at risk not only themselves, but the entire community of the North Coast,” the head of the northern NSW local health district, Wayne Jones, said.