As it is, supermarkets and corner stores are the only shops open to the public. Queues are now the new norm. Now we are three weeks in, and the panic buying of the first week has passed, the food, sanitiser and toilet paper shortages have mostly abated and I've actually found myself eating healthier - now the local takeaways are closed.
I've discovered long lost items in the freezer and herbs and spices long neglected as I search and try online recipes to feed myself and my teenager; one positive for the crisis, I'm a better cook.
Another thing I've noticed is, generally people are being nicer to each other, albeit at a two-metre distance. It's also good to see a lot of family "bubbles' out walking and the locals are really tidying up their gardens. I've found the bonding time with my son really rewarding. Unfortunately, my contact with my two daughters is limited, as they’re residing at their mother’s residence.
I am one of the lucky ones though; I work for a business deemed an essential industry, so I do get to go to work each day. Work is another group of bubbles with employees keeping to their own team areas and two-metre zones within those areas.
Unfortunately, there are many kiwis who are out of work under Level Four and struggling on the new government subsidy of $585 a week. It will be a long road to recovery with tourism being wiped out within 24 hours of the Level Four implementation.
The burning question now is when the Level Four will be dropped. Fortunately, new confirmed cases are dropping, as confirmed from the most viewed website in NZ these days. Friends of mine would rather the Level Four was extended until no new cases are occurring.
Until then, we live in a new two-metre world and my son now 'enjoys' education online.
- Greg Wilson