We are in strict lockdown here on day 5. No restaurants, no takeaway food, no online shopping except for groceries, no visitors, no travelling - nothing. Stay home. We are allowed to exercise by going for a walk close to home away from others, go to the doctors (although you have to ring them and they are doing 99% of consultations over the phone) or go to the supermarket for essentials. Essential workers only are allowed to go to work. Mum and all of her colleagues carry their ID in case they are stopped by Police.
Mum was surprised to read some of the news from around the world about what other countries are doing. Things she read overnight though made sense about how we have been able to move swiftly. Here in New Zealand we only have one level of government, so decision making can be quick and decisive without a lot of arguing. Every day at 1pm there is a nationwide press meeting, where the Prime Minister, Director General of Health and other leaders present the numbers of Covid Patients for the day and impart any new information for the public. This is broadcast on television for anyone to watch.
Mums cold has settled and she will return to her essential work tomorrow. She is looking forward to getting out of the house for a while, and understands why some people have a touch of the cabin fever. Mum is missing seeing her friends, but they all stay in touch with phone calls and texts to check on each other.
Tonight dinner for her is a frozen cooked spicy mince and veg dish from last week. She is going to reheat it and have mince on toast to use up the last of her loaf of bread. Tomorrow after work she is going to try to go to the supermarket, a task she usually enjoys but now is fraught with its own stress. She doesn't have to get much, but some bread and fruit and veg will help boost out the frozen food and pasta. She tries to be nice to the checkout team and thank them for the good job they are doing in these strange times. Also a big thank you to the bus drivers who are transporting essential workers round for free.