Local councils have been forced to close some Sydney beaches due to overcrowding fears as NSW extended its streak of no COVID-19 community transmission.

Revellers making the most of Monday’s public holiday and warm weather packed Bondi Beach and other popular spots.

Cronulla beaches were being closed on Monday afternoon after reaching capacity, Surf Life Saving Sydney said.

“Please do not head down to the beach today,” it said in a Facebook post.

BEACH ACCESS UPDATE: #SUTHERLANDSHIRE

Sutherland Shire beaches have now reached capacity, and beaches are being closed.

Please do not head down to the beach today.

Posted by Surf Life Saving Sydney on Sunday, 4 October 2020

Waverley Council earlier advised Bondi Beach was nearing capacity and access to the sand and water would soon be restricted to allow for social distancing.

“We do not like having to restrict access to the beach so as a reminder to everyone if beach access is closed or the sand looks busy, please come back another time or use that time to visit our wonderful cafes and other local businesses,” a spokesperson said.

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Randwick City Council also said many of its beaches were approaching capacity.

🚫 Many of our beaches are approaching capacity, so please make alternate plans if you’re heading to our coastline.

🌞…

Posted by Randwick City Council on Sunday, 4 October 2020

For the tenth day in a row, NSW recorded no new locally transmitted cases. Its only new case was a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

But health authorities are concerned that only 4789 people were tested on Sunday, compared with 8305 in the previous 24 hours.

Ideally, at least 8000 people should be tested in NSW each day, health authorities say.

NSW Health’s Dr Stephen Corbett said it was vital anyone with even the mildest symptoms came forward for testing.

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“If people don’t come forward and get tested, we can’t keep the pandemic at bay,” he said on Monday.

“This is particularly important with school holidays and increased movement of people around the state.”

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