Lockdown way north of Sydney


Lockdown in Adelaide




Lockdown in Melbourne

Everything is very quiet here.  Schools are now on holidays for two weeks and have had another week tacked on to the end.  Public transport is running, most of our small business has been forced to close down.  Doctors, Pharmacies, Supermarkets are still operating but limits have been put on how much you can purchase of certain goods.  All essential services are still operating.  Don’t ask me why but toilet paper has been cleared from the shelves it is now making its way back on to the shelves with people only allowed to purchase one packet at a time.  I saw one asian family of three people buy one packet each and take them through different registers the other day.  Not quite the spirit of things.  The other day I tried to purchase 2 cans of asparagus and 2 cans of corn kernels but was only permitted to take a total of 2 cans.  I ended up with the corn kernels.  I went to another supermarket and bought the missing 2 cans.  I am just as bad as the three people with toilet paper.  Our postal service is still running.  

K was going to have me go and stay with her but one of the doctors at the hospital where she works told her that was not a good idea.  He suggested leaving me at home on my own and if I needed food she should take it and leave it at my front door.  I think I have just been put in the “elderly” category.  Not a nice thought.  I can’t even go and visit my mother in law as the aged care system is in lockdown.  I understand why no contact but if it is going to continue for a long time it is going to give those on their own another set of health issues.

I do feel for all those who have lost their jobs and have no income coming in and no reserves in the bank.  G is working from home, S is working from home and K as a theatre nurse still has a job.  

report from a relation in Melbourne 26/3/2020


Australia has reported 502 new coronavirus infections over a single 24-hour period — the largest daily number of cases since the pandemic began.

The figure was well ahead of the previous single-day record of 469, recorded in March. The increase prompted Daniel Andrews, the Victoria premier, to threaten a longer lockdown in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, which has been hardest hit by the resurgence.

The city, which has a population of 4.9 million, is in the throes of a second six-week lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Andrews said that high among the reasons for the rise in numbers was that nine in ten people are still not following self-isolating rules as soon as they noticed Covid-19 symptoms.

He said of 3,810 cases between July 7 and 21, about 90 per cent did not isolate between the onset of symptoms and getting tested. About 50 per cent did not isolate in the period between getting tested and receiving a result. -


The Pandemic
We started our first lockdown in March and my husband and I have been out a couple of times in between.  We had a small window in June where we were okay but again in July 9 we were locked up and have been until Wed 28th October.  In that time we were only allowed to leave home for 4 reasons, to buy food (only one person per household), visit doctors, exercise and work, if you couldn't work from home and this all has to be within 5 klms.(about 3 miles), so we haven;t been able to see our grandchildren and great grandchildren up until now because they live about  20 kmls (12 miles) We faced time  our families but never the same as a big hug.

The klms were changed to 25, I think because someone was taking our Premier to court, disputing the freedom law in our state,   there have been  protests first  was BLM, then FREEDOM, people were given fines for leaving home $1624.00 (880. pound I think) there was a "ring of steel'  around the Metropolitan area manned by Police and Army personnel so we couldn't enter our regional areas.
On Wednesday our retail shops, cafes and restaurants reopened, you could only buy take-away food up until then.  Most oldies (like us) didn't really venture out.  We ordered groceries and fruit and veggies on line and did click and collect.  No contact.  Still haven't been to the supermarket and don't intend to go there.
It was a very stressful time, so many lost their jobs, or had reduced hours.  I wish I could have been like you and did 100 things but I was not motivated at all.  Watched lots of movies though LOL
We are back now and hoping that we can all be together for Christmas, we still have restrictions about how many can come to your house at a time. Ten can meet in a park but not in your home.

We (the people in the state of Victoria) have had the strictest lockdown rules in the world even the WHO said we didn't have to be that strict.  Our son lives in the state of Queensland and they had very few rules .  We have no idea when we will be able to fly again.  All the borders are closed within Australia

received from a genealogy Gosling friend in November 2020

Update from original Melbourne relative

What a strange year we have all had with COVID and I know it is not finished yet.  We came out of strict forced lockdown around 22nd November.  We now only have to wear masks when we are entering enclosed spaces and we now have permission to travel around Victoria.  Borders I believe have opened up to New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania but only this month.  Western Australia still has us locked out.  Not sure about the Northern Territory.  As I am not travelling it doesn’t affect me.  Victoria has been free of cases for about 36 days with only one person passing away due to complications from Covid well after they were diagnosed free.  Our stores have only opened back up within the last fortnight but supermarkets and take away food cafes have been open all the way through lockdown.

I too went back to knitting, making Lego, reading, jigsaw puzzles and puzzle books during lockdown.  I attach a couple of photos of my lego.  I must have been deprived as a child for the fact I needed to make something.  Mind you, there was no lego around during those years- in the 1950s .

fiat car cruiser volks
Land Rover
Land Cruiser

received 3/12/2020


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