Hard lockdown mark II against COVID-19

Hard lockdown mark II

Hard lockdown mark II in Western Australia pounced quickly. After ten months of no community transmission of COVID-19 and our ordinary lives, the edict came yesterday as a shock. Not that we should have been surprised. Mark McGowan, the State Premier, warned all along that, should there be a case of community spread of COVID-19, he would act swiftly.

Within minutes of the announcement, the sceptics and naysayers showed up in force on social media. But those in favour of the restrictions greatly outnumbered them. Most seem to be glad that the government took strong, decisive and immediate action.

Premiers and citizens in some other States had scoffed at the determination and actions of the WA Government during 2020 and beyond. This morning, their comments were moderate and supportive.

We’ve been blessed in this State.

Personal affects of this isolation

Lockdowns create difficulties. Kids who were looking forward to their first day at school, and others returning after a long holiday, must now stay home. Their parents need to rethink their commitments. Businesses close, employment and profit lost. Plans are disrupted.

Because isolation affects everyone, it seems churlish of me to complain. Last time, in March and April 2020 , I gladly stayed home. John and I bunkered down and quite enjoyed the quiet time. Our family looked after our needs with dedication and care.

They left food and treats, books and jigsaws on the nominated ‘plague stone’ in the strand outside our apartment. I felt my life reached a new plateau and I looked forward to doing things differently.

Like everyone, I hoped for a more normal, better 2021.

That hope shattered when my younger daughter, Anne, died tragically on 27 December. Because of Coronial Department involvement, we celebrated her life with Mass and wake nearly five weeks later.

I thought that 1 February would be the beginning of a new reality, a new normal as we got used to life without her. But, no! Hard lockdown intervened.

This time I’m better prepared with a modest supply of things we need and less anxiety about how we will cope. Unread books from Christmas sit ready to be opened.

But coffee dates with friends and starting work on a new writing project with the Family Integration Network WA (FINWA) have been postponed. Again. A walk replaces my longed-for swim.

Plans

In spite of feeling disappointed, grumpy and tired, I will make this hard lockdown mark II work. And for as long as it takes.

  • My to-do list takes up an A4 page of my neatest printing. I plan to tick at least two items a day.
  • Morning pages take twenty minutes every day.
  • I’ll walk in the park before the sun gets too hot, and be glad I can enjoy beautiful surroundings. Julia Cameron advises walking as part of the creative life.
  • A rest with a good book may not be a luxury in these times.

Hard lockdown mark II rules (in case you need a reminder)

The hard lockdown started at 6.00 pm on Sunday 31 January 2021. The government will review the situation on Friday, 5 February.

These restrictions remain in place for (at least) the next five days.

 People in the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel and South-West regions must stay home. We may only leave our homes for four reasons:

  1. Shopping for essentials (groceries, medications).
  2. Medical or healthcare needs (including care of the vulnerable).
  3. Exercise (one hour a day within our own neighbourhood, with one other).
  4. Essential work only permitted. From the Government website.

Other essential actions

  • Maintain social distancing when shopping.
  • Maintain strict hand hygiene. Washing hands regularly with soap and water is best. Using hand sanitiser also works.
  • Keep hands away from faces.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands afterwards.
  • Get tested if showing any symptoms.
  • Wear a mask when outside..

Just do it

We’ve done this before. In March and April 2020, Western Australians submitted to hard lockdown. We’re tough and resilient. We can do it again, for as long as it takes. I’d like to read your plans for the next few days, if you live in Western Australia.

Hard lockdown mark II

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7 Comments

  1. Welcome to the rest of the world Maureen, though I suspect you’ll be out of lockdown quicker than most of us.

    The variants are coming thick and fast, and although that’s par for the course with viruses, this is one virus where we do not need mutations.

    Have you had your vaccination yet? I had my first yesterday.

    Hope you are feeling a little better, you have been on mind.

    1. Thanks, SueW. Yes, I’m feeling much better now. I’ve got my to-do list and some motivation to get on with it, in spite of lock-down. It seems extraordinary that 2 000 000 million people are in hard lockdown because of one case of community transmission, but most people are accepting the need and compliance is very high.
      I would have expected that your recent brush with COVID-19 would have meant that you would have developed immunity, but it is good you’ve had your first vaccination. We do not expect to begin the vaccination program in Australia until March. I will be in the queue as soon as I can get it and so will John, who is immunocompromised because of his chemotherapy treatment.
      Stay safe!

      1. I’m glad you’re feeling better and have so much to focus upon.
        One piece of news about about the vaccination programme – research has found that those who have had Covid have had a massive antibody boost from the first injection and may not need a second. This is excellent news because surely this frees up extra vaccine for everyone else and especially during the this early hiccups with the supply chain.

        1. That’s wonderful about the vaccine after people have had Covid. Hope you are feeling stronger and breathing better by the day. xx

  2. Lovely Maureen and yes, lock down did come as a shock but it was for the best I like your to-do list Maureen.
    One course I did suggested having a MOTHER LIST that covers all the things we have to do and then have your ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’ lists and also to consider ESSENTIAL & DESIRABLE / URGENT & NOT URGENT. I think in someways we do the URGENT and NOT URGENT sorting naturally anyway.

    When I do a MOTHER LIST I like to do it in the ‘mind mapping’ format so I can separate the regions of ‘personal’ ‘work’ ‘selling things’ ‘health & fitness’ etc. I’m pleased to say that all of the big ticket items for the early part of my year are either done or well underway.

    Your list looks very comprehensive and that is wonderful, especially when we know we are going to be locked down for a period. That was very wise. Hope you are now back at the pool?
    Take care and sending very warm wishes 🙂 And keep up your Blogs and we all look forward to hearing how our writing is going : )

    1. Lovely to hear from you again Tricia, and thank you for your comment. The course you did sounds amazing! I’much a ‘list’ person that I sometimes think I should try to curb my enthusiasm for a while an see what happens. But old habits die hard. I’ve always been a list-maker and user.
      How fabulous that your big ticket items for the beginning of the year are under way. I heard a bit about them at Masters mind class the other day and can’t wait to see how you progress the things you’ve already got going and what else you will come up with during the year. I love the way we seem to spark off each others’ creativity and keep each other enthusiastic. Thank you for your support and friendship

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