Online footage shows Sydney's Bondi Beach packed, Friday, March 20, drawing criticism from social media users. Australia has reported 681 COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths so far.
READ MORE: Australia is banning foreign travelers beginning Friday as it tries to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. International tourists are scrambling to leave Australia as concerns mount over flight cancellations and border closures. Australia now has more than 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Similar measures already are in place in New Zealand.
Australia had previously barred entry to passengers flying from China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a broader blanket ban is needed to protect the country from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.