Photos show how we’re ignoring social distancing rules
PHOTOS have revealed dozens of people flaunting social distancing advice on the road to a Gold Coast hinterland national park.
The images, taken on Forestry Rd over the last two weeks, show visitors to Springbrook National Park walking in large groups up to the popular spot.
It comes after the Department of Environment and Science announced all camping areas in national parks, state forests and recreation areas statewide would be closed until further notice.
The person who supplied the photos asked to remain anonymous but said they were taken outside of peak hours.
"The Health Department is saying go for a bush walk and the whole Gold Coast has the same idea and comes here," they said.
Though Springbrook residents earlier this month encouraged Gold Coasters to use the spot as a "perfect" isolation getaway, many businesses in the area have now closed their doors.
A sign outside one closed business urged visitors away from the area.
"If you are reading this please go home," it read.
"Help stop the spread. Keep safe. We are all in this together."
Owners of the Fudge Shop took to Facebook on Saturday to update customers.
"After being open 363 days a year for the last 15-ish years, today we close our doors due to this virus," they wrote.
"We will resume normal hours when all this blows over, but until then we will be closed."
They added there were some flavours still available for online orders.
The Springbrook General Store remains open from 10am-4pm Friday to Wednesday, while the cafe is open for takeaways only between 10am and 2pm.
Greenwood Farm is hosting an all-day dining takeaway menu, but 24 hours' notice is needed for most items.
Several other businesses are now closed until further notice, including the Fudge Shop, the English Country Gardens, Dancing Waters cafe, the Lost Fawn cafe, the Sitting Room, Craft Corner and the Good Vibrations Gem Shop.
Many farms and roadside stalls are still open, however visitors are urged to bring their own hand sanitiser.
Originally published as Photos show how we're ignoring social distancing rules