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Roxy Jacenko slams 'disgraceful' anti-vaxxers protesting mask mandate in Bondi


Roxy Jacenko slams ‘disgraceful’ bongo drum-playing anti-vaxxers protesting mask mandate in Bondi shopping centre

Roxy Jacenko has slammed anti-mask and vaccine protesters who swarmed Sydney’s Bondi Junction on Sunday to oppose the city-wide mask mandate. 

The PR maven, 40, shared video footage she shot inside a local shopping centre, showing maskless, bongo-playing protesters brandishing signs and singing as they rode up an escalator. 

She captioned the clips: ‘Sorry, but people have died. Put a f***ing mask on. This does not sit well with me. Disgraceful. Right now at our local shopping centre where we stopped in to get some art supplies to entertain the kids. 

Angry: Roxy Jacenko (pictured) has slammed anti-mask and vaccine protesters who swarmed Sydney's Bondi Junction on Sunday to oppose the city-wide mask mandate

Angry: Roxy Jacenko (pictured) has slammed anti-mask and vaccine protesters who swarmed Sydney’s Bondi Junction on Sunday to oppose the city-wide mask mandate

‘And what’s more – totally disappointing to see kids being taught to have pure disregard for the advice of authorities’. 

On day one of new mandatory face covering rules, dozens of protesters swarmed a shopping centre in Bondi Junction, in the city’s east, without wearing masks – holding signs and chanting ‘I would rather be a human than a slave’.  

The anti-maskers mingled with other shoppers, who were wearing masks, and pushed wild claims such as ‘masks increase your risk of infection’. 

Scenes: The PR maven shared video footage she shot inside a local shopping centre, showing maskless, bongo-playing protesters brandishing signs and singing on an escalator

Scenes: The PR maven shared video footage she shot inside a local shopping centre, showing maskless, bongo-playing protesters brandishing signs and singing on an escalator

Another sign read: ‘I fully support your right to hide in your house and wear a face diaper until you can take an untested vax… as long as you fully support my right to do none of those things’.

Masks are now compulsory across Greater Sydney in certain indoor settings including shopping centres, cinemas and on public transport.  

The protesters marched through the shopping centre and also took their message to surrounding streets, where mask-clad shoppers were queuing to enter stores. 

Protest: On day one of new mandatory face covering rules, dozens of protesters swarmed a shopping centre in Bondi Junction, in the city's east, without wearing masks - holding signs and chanting 'I would rather be a human than a slave'

Protest: On day one of new mandatory face covering rules, dozens of protesters swarmed a shopping centre in Bondi Junction, in the city’s east, without wearing masks – holding signs and chanting ‘I would rather be a human than a slave’

Masks were made mandatory from 11:59pm on Saturday in a bid to limit the community spread of Covid-19 in the wake of the Northern Beaches outbreak without the government having to impose restrictions limiting business activity.   

Health minister Brad Hazzard urged residents to wear a mask to keep themselves and the community safe.

‘Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for your community – that’s the main reason because in wearing a mask you will be keeping yourself, but also your locals, your families, your community, and, of course, possibly eventually the whole of New South Wales safe,’ Mr Hazzard said. 

When to wear a face mask

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian announced face masks would be mandatory for all Greater Sydney residents from 11.59pm on Saturday.

The rule also applies to residents living Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains.

Whenever a resident leaves their home, they will need to wear a mask when visiting these indoor settings:

1) Entertainment venues, such as a cinema

2) Places of worship, such as a church or mosque

3) Public transport, such as buses and trains

4) Shopping centres

5)  Established gaming areas

6) Hair and beauty salons

Anyone who is caught not wearing a face mask risks copping a $200 fine. 



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