Ending Lockdown: Down to Level 2

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For the past six weeks, New Zealand has been in frozen suspension. First, Level 4 – the highest level of lockdown – and for the last fortnight, the more lenient Level 3. Being a good little boy, I have been obeying the rules, and Staying At Home. After all, I can perform a fair amount of my day-to-day responsibilities without actually leaving the house. If I ventured down to the plague pit supermarket, I made sure to wear plastic gloves, stay well clear of other people, and to change my clothes afterwards. Oh, and wash my hands.

It has been a rather strange experience, living in nationwide Quarantine, and despite initial depression about the seemingly endless restrictions, I grew used to it. Even so, I can’t help but feel excited at today’s news:

We’re dropping to Level 2 from Thursday

Yep, Lockdown is Over. From 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday anyway. Sure, there will still be requirements for social distancing, and restrictions on larger gatherings, but unlike Level 3 and 4, the de facto House Arrest is over. It’s the most normality we’ve had in nearly two months.

I celebrated Level 3 via a kahlua and vodka purchase from the newly re-opened liquor store (why, yes, I have a fondness for White Russians). Level 2? I am unsure, but as of Thursday I will finally stop including that yellow-and-black Quarantine Flag at the start of my blog posts. Huzzah. 🙂

(Fingers crossed we don’t suddenly have a resurgence of cases to send us back into Lockdown. We’re not out of the woods yet, and even in a best case scenario, New Zealand will be operating in a strange little bubble for quite some time. But one step at a time…).

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