South Australia went into complete lockdown for six days yesterday after 20 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the northern suburbs. So much so, I’ve decided to write a bit of a blog based on our experience in lockdown.
The lockdown came as a shock to most people because the government announced the lockdown at approximately 1pm and said they would enforce it at the stroke of midnight. That gave everyone only 12 hours to prepare for it. Most people were at work at the time, meaning they couldn’t do anything until they’d finished their work day and hence, had less time to prepare for the lockdown than those who didn’t work.
Whether they worked or not, the majority of people went into a frenzy, buying what they could at the local supermarkets before the midnight curfew. What they didn’t realise (amidst all the panic) was that the supermarkets would still be open during the six days as they are considered essential services. Did they really think the shops would close completely? Someone has to keep the state’s food supply up and running.
Now, here’s something interesting to note. During the six days, we’re not allowed to leave the house unless shopping for essential items. That means no one is allowed on the road during that time – making the city essentially a ghost town. For someone who loves the sound of nature, that’s a huge plus – no background traffic noises! As a family, we have always wanted to live in the country. These six days will be a test to see just how much we’d be able to cope with the silence. So far, we’re loving it!!
I get the feeling the six days will fly by. We, as a family, have contingency plans in place for this sort of thing. We always have, seeing as we are something of hermits anyway. Not everything we do has to involve other people or electronic devices. We spend our time playing music, reading books and gardening. The weather looks like it might hold up for the six days too which is good.