A man flew from Sydney to Wellington on Friday evening, local time. He went to his hotel, enjoyed breakfast at a cafe in town, lunch at another one, visited exhibitions, went shopping, enjoyed a drink in a bar. After returning to Sydney on Monday morning, he went for a Covid-19 test which returned positive (he had had his first dose of vaccine).
As a result, our city has moved into Covid alert Level 2, and people who may have been at the long list of places the man visited are advised to stay home, get tested…you all know the routine. After so many days and weeks at Level 1, it is difficult to take in. Daily life continues, though gatherings of over a hundred are no longer allowed (opera lovers will miss this weekend’s New Zealand Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro), social distancing returns, and all the other ‘stuff’ that comes with Level 2. From 6pm tonight (23 June) to midnight on Sunday, we will sit at Level 2 and wait to see what happens next.
It is important to stay positive, and look at the wonderful things happening around us. The shortest day has passed us by, bulbs are growing, the magnolia is covered with buds and the camellias are blooming. We have each other, our friends and family, a pile of books, endless Netflix and tomorrow morning I will sit at the table and get on with my work. It could be a lot worse.
And apologies for Monday’s post which I had to re-blog due to WordPress issues that a couple of us have been having recently with our posts not appearing in Reader.
The featured image at the top of the post was taken at The Patriot Pub in Devonport where we had lunch on Sunday.
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