Families in Australia ignore COVID-19 restrictions to celebrate Father’s day

Families in Australia met at the barricade near Coolangatta to celebrate Father’s Day with loved ones, despite continued lockdown restrictions from the Australian government. 

The busiest Father’s Day dining spot in Queensland is a plastic barricade in the middle of a backstreet in Coolangatta. Families struggled to find a spot to set up their camp chairs, desperate to meet dads, grandpas, and uncles for a restrictive Father’s Day celebration. The border was created in Queensland and separates many families who are not allowed to move to and from the barricade. Many fathers and kids have been separated.

Dozens of police in cars and on trail bikes monitored the area, which was at its peak just before midday. Police marched on foot on either side of the barricade, handing out masks and enforcing strict social distancing guidelines. To the surprise of many, the officers did not ask people to move on or clear the vicinity, despite New South Wales returning to strict lockdown measures. 

Australia’s ABC News branch reported on the event, writing, “Balloons, food, and games added to the party-like atmosphere, but most families said they would prefer a different type of get-together. Coolangatta and Tweed Heads are almost seamlessly one community, and for many the lockdown has divided their personal and professional lives.”



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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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