Getting Ready To Return To ‘Normal’

“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love ”
Leonard Cohen, Canadian Songwriter

Well once again it’s Saturday here in Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud and therefore, time for Six Word Saturday.  My six words are in the title of this blog – Getting Ready to Return to Normal.

Here in New Zealand, we are close to coming out of lockdown and working out what is our new normal to be.

Since mid-March, we have been going through the Alert Levels with 4 being the strictest and the longest.  We moved quite seamlessly into Level 3, still pretty restricted, people staying at home and shopping mainly online, except for grocery stores, chemists and other essential services. Travel was still restricted to local areas and gatherings of up to 50 could be held for funerals, tangihangas (Maori funerals), and weddings but no receptions were allowed.  We could walk for exercise daily but gyms were still closed and 2 metres social distancing was in place. So into Level 2 where we have been since May 27.  Things are certainly much easier. Most schools and childcare centres have reopened; many businesses are working, retail outlets are open but everywhere we are reminded that social distancing is still required.

And now we are looking forward to going to Alert Level 1 next week. It has been hinted at but not yet confirmed.  As before, we expect Jacinda Ardern our PM to make the announcement on Monday and we will then go into the lower level at 11.59 pm on Wednesday.

We have been more fortunate than most. We have no borders backing any other country so it was relatively easy to close our borders, our government acted hard and early in the fight against the virus and it seems to have worked.  However, now is not the time to become complacent. We have seen how the virus can suddenly resurface as in other countries.

So we are looking forward to next Wednesday and of course, we have a General Election coming up in September. We know the world will not be watching this election as they will be watching the one in the United States.  But for us, in our little corner of the world, it will certainly show whether Ms Ardern and her government have done enough for the majority of New Zealanders to give them another three years in power. We will watch with interest what comes out of the woodwork over the next one hundred and four days.

And now is the time for a little self-care –

I hope you will soon be in a position to say “We ‘re getting ready to return to normal”



13 responses to “Getting Ready To Return To ‘Normal’

  1. May sanity prevail!


  2. That’s marvelous that you are going to Level One. Please let us know how it goes.


    • Fingers and toes crossed Anne. We just hope that enough has been done, enough things put into place, education, testing etc, so that we don’t fall backwards. I will certainly let you know how it works out.

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  3. Things are easing up in Spain as well. By June 21 we hope to be back to as normal as possible but without the tourists. We are enjoying the quiet but it is hard on the businesses. Hugs. xo


  4. Thanks Darlene. Yes, tourism is one of our main industries(is it an industry?) and of course, with no tourists, no jobs, no money. And many smaller retailers have closed their doors, as have some coffee shops and restaurants. Normal for many, will be very different.


  5. Good for you!! I hope everything continues to look rosy and that no resurgence takes place. I’m afraid this is going to be a long haul though until we can get a preventative and a cure in place.


    • Yes and now we have had almost a week in ‘normal’. But for many, it’s a very different normal . Tourism our main earner, is almost at a standstill; our borders are still closed/locked down so there’s nobody coming here. Many therefore are out of work and though the government is making attempts at ameliorating their problems with handouts, many will never again have a full time job. It’s heartbreaking.


    • Yes, even now we are out of lockdown, there is still a long way to go to recover from the economic and social effects of Covid19. Thanks for commenting.


  6. You lucky guys. We are only just going into Corona. Watching the stats with trepidation. I was interested to hear you have domestic violence over there. Somehow, I never pictured that.


  7. Hi Granny 1947. When you live in the shaky isles you become very blasé and worry only if they are above 6,5 on the Richter Scale.


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