Today was the last day of summer and after yesterday's glorious day it was cloudy and muggy. At the park yesterday mum got herself her 2nd only icecream cone of the whole summer. Passionfruit and strawberry and it was delicious. She did ask the girl for a small one, and it was about 2x as large as she would normally eat.
In answer to a couple of questions yesterday about social distancing, covid here in NZ. We have had months of no community spread. Our only cases were cases of returning kiwis coming from into the country bringing it with them. You have to apply to come here, isolate in a set hotel for 14 days and have 2x negative tests before you can head home.
In the past few weeks there has been a cluster in Auckland of a woman who worked at an airport laundry facility and her family. This weekend a young man tested positive for the same strain in Auckland and as he had been to shops and the gymn while potentially infectious so Auckland has to go into a level 3 lockdown. No work, schools shut and businesses shut for 7 days.
The rest of NZ is at level 2 which means masks on in public transport and restrictions when shopping, visiting hospitals etc . This is for 7 days also. Where we live, we have not been in level 3 type lockdown for almost 11 months and hope that next week things return to normal.
This only got announced at 9pm on Saturday night to start Sunday at 6am, just hours aft5the community cases were announced.
For us, we have been lucky and been going to cafes, bars, movies, sports games, bands and concerts as normal. We feel for all of our friends overseas whose lives have been affected by Covid. We appreciate how lucky we have been to be able to socialize and hug our friends and family. We hope that things will return to normal for everyone soon.