Life's cushioned routine has crashed. Some have lost their jobs, parks, public benches, barbies, pubs, cafes and clubs have all closed.
An eerie silence has fallen in the streets. A reminder of the old quiz game: if you were stranded in the deserted island what would you take?
If we had time we might have thought of a clever answer, an appropriate partner, an ingenious plan to win the challenge.
Instead we were lulled into a false sense of security as the Chinese told us that the coronavirus was a containable Chinese virus. Suddenly, the virus was on our doorstep.
Every day we were bombarded with images of an Europe under siege. We were told to bunker down. There was no preparation.
It is a slow lane life. No work, no entertainment, possibly no money. From a busy life to no life.
While some will experience some rewarding time with their partner and children, others will be resentful, frustrated, bored and lonely and discover that an unlimited time with their companion is a trigger for domestic violence.
Social distancing keeps people healthy, a break from each other keeps relationships safe. Witnessing the devastation in other countries, we are lucky.
Most of us are confined in a house where we can go out dig, plant or just sit and enjoy our gardens. In Europe, staying home really means cooped up in a flat. Walls, windows for their domain.
We have done very well. We have flattened the deadly curve. It is a very difficult decision.
The rumour in the street is that cafes and pubs, should be working again with social distancing and maybe a curfew.
Small 10 groups weddings should operate again.
These days we even see `I do drive in' where the bride and groom are in a car and their witnesses in another car, they meet the celebrant in a chosen spot and they are married without even getting out of the cars.
Is that too early for a working Australia? Should we take a calculated chance and win the real life deserted island quiz?
Service brought to the people
On behalf of Dave, myself and possibly the majority of residents of Tumby Bay we would like to say a BIG "thank you" to Geoff Stewart who brought the Dawn Service to the residents, who, this year were unable to pay their respects at the Memorial.
It truly was a very personal and moving delivery and appreciated by those who lined the driveways of their streets, and had the service brought to them.
Virgin board responsible
The Federal Government has been loudly criticised, by all an sundry, for not providing a $1.4 billion lifeline to Virgin Australia.
Little mention has been made of the fact that Virgin Australia had a $5 billion debt prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that it is 90 per cent owned by overseas interests.
Governments cannot be held responsible for propping up every unviable private enterprise with hard earned taxpayers money.
Making an allowance for one financially stricken company, will ultimately be followed by a plethora of claims from other enterprises in the same predicament.
Being placed into voluntary administration may allow a possible sale to occur and for sustainable financial restructuring decisions to be investigated and put into place.
The Virgin Australia Board was responsible for allowing the debt to increase and needs to take greater responsibility for any future decisions.
Anzac Day thanks
To the Port Lincoln community, on behalf of the Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch I wish to say thank you for your support in the commemoration of Anzac Day.
I wish to thank Mr Darren Allard from 5CC and Magic 8.99 for broadcasting the Dawn Service and Flt Lt Jess Tucker for her address. Thank you to Valerie Staunton and the City Band for their support of music from the driveways.
While we only had a few at the memorial I felt the support of the whole community on the morning as they supported us from their driveways. Thank you again.
Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch president
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