Australia’s new look

1 – 8 June 2020

Our next door neighbour New Zealand has successfully eradicated coronavirus. With no active cases present throughout the country, they have announced that almost all restrictions placed upon residents will be lifted in the coming days. Here, the other side of the pond in New South Wales, no new community transmissions have been recorded since 27 May – so we’re hopeful of a similar outcome to (and possibly a travel agreement with) New Zealand in the near future.

The beach is open, the majority of shops are open, bars and restaurants are open, schools are open and workers are returning to the office. So life is finally returning to some form of normality. However, social distancing restrictions will remain for the foreseeable future and life looks quite different in post-pandemic Manly.

Manly beach is open, but social distancing restrictions remain

In terms of our social lives, the loosened restrictions have made a world of difference to us. The fact that we’ve been able to see our friends again (both out and about and at each others houses) ensures that we’re now able to fully enjoy the Australian way of life once again. Life here is good again.

It is excellent to be able to see groups of friends again. Even with this “dancing”…

Personally, I’ve noticed a definite upturn in the number of jobs being advertised, so things seem to be improving from an economic standpoint. I’ve even managed to secure an interview for a Marketing gig in Manly this coming week. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, I’m determined to stay active and make the most of each day as my Quarantine in Paradise continues.

Making the most of the spare time whilst I can

Whilst we’re incredibly fortunate that the worst of the pandemic seems to be coming to an end here in Australia, I’m very conscious that globally the picture is not so rosy. The vast majority of our friends and family are in the UK, which has been decimated by over 40,000 deaths. So I think it is important to acknowledge the fact that despite the news may now be focusing on other global issues – notably the racial tension around the world – Sunday was in fact the most prolific day yet in terms of new confirmed cases on COVID-19. More than 136,000 new cases were reported around the world. A reminder that although things are improving for us, that we are very much still in the middle of a global pandemic and we must remain vigilant.

Worldwide cases have now reached the 7 million milestone with more than 400,000 deaths.

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