Seal Enjoys Serenity on Sydney Beach as COVID-19 Outbreak Triggers Crackdown

‘Reg’ the seal was seen enjoying an afternoon of peace and quiet at Sydney, Australia’s popular Dee Why Beach as a COVID-19 outbreak forced many residents into quarantine during mid-December.

There were 38 cases of the virus as of 8 pm on December 18, New South Wales (NSW) Health reported. This was after two cases were first reported in the Northern Beaches region on December 16.

A stay-at-home advisory was to be enforced across the area while hospitality venues and function centres would be ordered to close as of 5 pm on December 19, NSW Health said.

Residents carrying out essential activities were told to wear masks indoors while virus testing was ramped up across the region.

However, the encircling crisis fell on deaf ears when it came to ‘Reg’ the seal, affectionately named by locals, who could be seen relaxing in the damp weather as a double rainbow stretched overhead. Credit: Abbie Bradshaw via Storyful