There are no new cases of Covid 19 in NZ today.
That’s a significant milestone in our fight against the virus. However, we’re not there yet, despite the ‘lets do level 2 now’ media release Simon Bridges’ staff are writing for him as we speak.
Cabinet are meeting today and are expected to spell out a more responsible and graduated path to the new normal.
As someone who makes part of his living in hospitality, I’m hanging out for the re-opening of cafes and pubs. However, the kind of greedy, self centred idiots we saw crowding an Auckland burger bar last week have probably cost me another week’s income.
I expect cabinet to announce that there will be a controlled and limited re-opening of social spaces, but not for a fortnight.
I reckon we have royally earned the chance to lift a pint again or sip an espresso.
But, please, people, take it easy. Keep your distance, wash your hands, and treat the staff with respect. We want hospitality, not more hospitalised victims, thanks.
And, if we don’t behave as adults, we will be back at Level 3 before we know it. And we do not want that.
UPDATE: The PM has said that there will be no immediate change to the nature of level 3, with a decision to be made next Monday about the next steps. Tomorrow, Jacinda Ardern makes some more history, attending by video a meeting of the Australian cabinet. I’d expect the trans Tasman bubble to be on the agenda.