It is not very often that the Nation tunes into TV at 10 o’clock in the morning, but it did so today when the Government announced The Plan for leading the country forward in this era of covid.
I am happy with what they are saying. I thought The Plan was positive and definitely doable.
The progression into a controlled relatively-free style of living (if you are vaccinated) sounds much better than staying in a permanent flux of lockdowns.
Once the country reaches a 90% target of fully vaccinated (for age 12 and over), then we can expect to see the new “traffic light” system implemented.
“Green” will mean not many people in the community have covid. There will be virtually no restrictions on travel or business operations, with only some recommendations (such as mask wearing) in place. Vaccination certificates will be used in areas with high people numbers.
“Amber” means a community has one or more clusters of uncontrolled active cases. All businesses can remain open but there will be more restrictions put in place, like mandatory mask wearing and compulsory vaccine certificates for more places.
“Red” will mean the number of cases is threatening to overload our healthcare system. Schools and most retail shops will remain open but with restrictions like capacity limits and a wide use of vaccination certificates. If things turn really nasty, some areas may still be returned into lockdown.
Making such decisions like this are difficult for any government. Trying to please everyone and still be realistic is not an easy path to take. I liken it a bit to mixing a cocktail:
Cocktail a ’la Corona
Take a tall glass and fill it with icy Covid Cubes.
Add a jigger each of Unrealistic Expectations (public believing covid can be kept out of the country) and Public Panic (public believing covid will now run rampant).
Swish in a slosh of Health Limitations (can our hospitals cope) and a good swig of Financial Considerations (can our businesses cope).
Now add a touch of Political Consideration (have to stay on the right side of voters), before topping up the glass with Pure Hope (vaccination is the answer).
Decorate the glass with a couple of Crossed Fingers (for luck) and there you have it.
This coming weekend (today is Friday) will be Labour Weekend holiday. Normally it would mean a rush to the beach for the first long weekend of summer. Still possible for some, but here in the Auckland and Greater Waikato regions we will have to stay home. At least the weather forecast looks rather dreary, so staying home shouldn’t be too hard.
Have a happy day everyone 😊
Photos: some random pictures I have taken of hanging garden ornaments.