COVID-19 affected (and continues to affect) different people and different countries differently. We’ve been pretty lucky here in Australia, and on the Gold Coast, Queensland. But it was definitely, a little bit, kind of… weird.
The first COVID-19 cases were identified at the end of January 2020. The four cases came from incoming travellers from China. At this point, no one took it seriously. There were posts circulating social media pages that pretty much made COVID sound like it was no big deal. It became a joke amongst friends and just wasn’t taken seriously. Like, at all.
But then the Ruby Princess cruise ship happened. The ship docked at Sydney Harbour and was considered ‘low risk’ even though over 100 people were showing symptoms. 900 of those on the ship became active cases and 22 unfortunately died.
Tom Hanks, who was on the Gold Coast filming the Elvis Presley movie tested positive alongside his wife. Soon enough, people were slowly beginning to realise that maybe, this was such a big deal after all.
Australian borders closed in March 2020. That was when the impacts hit our business hard.
The streets became empty. Stores, cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants began to close doors – some temporarily and others forever. Thousands of workers lost jobs. Lockdown restrictions were enforced. Travel was only for necessities and essential workers jobs. Schools became online for almost everyone and visitors at each household were limited. Our world, too, became digital with Zoom meetings and catch ups.
And fines became a thing too, but no one could afford it so most of us stuck to those restrictions.
My daughter, who is a teacher, had about four students a day in her class.
It was a time of uncertainty but our lockdowns only lasted for a few weeks here on the Gold Coast. There was a time where non-residents of Queensland could enter the state and Brisbane went into a second lockdown for a weekend. And a time when three girls caused a fair bit of drama by lying about their whereabouts and brought in COVID to the state again.
Now, life is pretty much back to normal for most of us. We know that we are still technically in a pandemic but I must say that we’ve been quite lucky. How has lockdown been for you? Let us know in the comments below!
Read more about the impacts of the pandemic on our business here