Coronavirus: The Effects of Beach Closures on Surrounding Services

Image: "Bondi sunset" by Richard(Flicker)

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Story topic and angle

The NSW government has imposed a ban on non-essential events of more than 500 people to prevent the coronavirus from spreading on a large scale. Despite this, a photo of a crowd on Bondi Beach exceeding the outdoor-gathering limit quickly went viral online shortly after the ban was imposed. The beautiful weather and comfortable temperature are the main reasons that attract people to go to the seaside to relax.

Image: “People on the beach” by Alpha (Flicker)

Under the circumstances, Australia had to tighten physical distance restrictions and take effective measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including closing several famous beaches such as Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama. As the government encourages social distance and mandatory quarantine, the service industry will face enormous challenges, particularly in restaurants, cafes and hotels near beaches. I propose to write a feature story about the impact of the beach closure on the surrounding services sector, using Bondi Beach as an example.

Narrative genre, publication and target user group

I would like to see this feature published on The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph. As part of the leading newspaper in Sydney, the well-structured layout and apparent classification increase the findability and readability of news. 

The target audience would be those young people(20-30) who enjoy sea sports and other beach-related activities, especially local residents. The exposure of this report will make the target user group realize that violating the ban on going to the beach will lead to an increase in infection rate and lead to the severe recession of the service industry.

This feature can be posted in the lifestyle and business section of the publication as the closure of beaches involves an economic recession. It is timely, controversial and related to daily life, which makes it newsworthy to the public.

Source of information

The service industry, also known as the service sector and tertiary sector, refers to the economic segment that gains revenue by providing intangible products and services to enterprises and final customers. Service industry companies are involved in retail, transport, distribution, food services, as well as other service-dominated businesses.

  • Interview

In order to give readers a more intuitive understanding of the impact of beach closures on the local economy, I will interview the owners of the coffee shop, clothing store and Airbnb near Bondi Beach via Whatsup, Zoom or email. It is important to ask for data on foot traffic in the early stages of the outbreak and the economic pressures such as rent and wages during this stage.

  • Information collection
  1. The ABC News(e.g.)
  2. The Guardian
  3. Randwick Council’s Twitter
  4. Waverley Council’s announcement

Multimedia, hypertext and interactivity

This article will use multimedia, hypertext and interactive materials to achieve visualization. These will include:

  • Images of the beach and nearby shops
  • Hyperlink to all available data and research
  • Take a screenshot, audio recording or video recording of the interview
  • Take a poll of 20-30 young people
  • Embedded the video below about closing the beach

Video: Coronavirus: Bondi Beach closed down for social distancing (YouTube: Nine News Australia)

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  1. Hi Gi,

    I enjoyed reading your post! The structure made for an easy read, particularly your writing style, subheadings, short paragraphs and bullet points. The multimedia helped break up the text, that’s something I look out for when reading articles online. Well done.

    You have a good story idea, I think the economic angle you’ve chosen, how it will influence young people and using Bondi as a case study is an interesting take. I’d suggest keeping a close eye on updates from the Waverly Council as they’re reopening Bondi Beach for exercise on 28/04. This might not last long however, as the Randwick City Council reopened their beaches for exercise but then closed them again due to people not complying with social-distancing. This could also be an interesting angle to explore in your story. In addition, looking into how some businesses in Bondi are remodelling for takeaway in order to stay afloat.

    I like that your hyperlinks open up in a new page. In terms of interactivity, have you thought of adding a short bio? This is helpful when people want to contact you. I have a lot of recent photographs of Bondi Beach if you need. Looking forward to your story!

    • Hi Krystal, 🙂

      Thank you for suggesting to fill in my personal information. It is very helpful and I will take it.
      Yes, I saw the beaches being reopened and then closed, but since the government still has a clear requirement for the number of people gathered indoors. I’d like to explore the impact of the decrease in guests on the service sector, and whether the situation of takeaway can be optimistic. By the way, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the latest notice from the Council, which will be very helpful to complete my story!

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