It’s all “party of five” here in Sydney for NYE tonight. That’s the maximum number of people allowed in homes tonight, though I’m sure tomorrow’s newspapers will tell of stories of people who’ve breached the rules.
The fireworks are still going ahead, without crowds around the foreshore. The cricket is going ahead next week at 50% capacity, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they revert to no crowds.
Sydney doesn’t get it. I caught a bus and walked around the city last night and hardly anyone was wearing a mask. So, as we approach the end of 2020, it looks like we haven’t learned all that much. Speaking to friends and colleagues in Melbourne, they think we’re all mad.
Though I know there’s a feeling NYE marks an opportunity for us to start things afresh, I’m not feeling all that confident right now that 2021 will be any better than 2020. Happy New Year, nonetheless.
While recently we had to wear masks on public transport, in crowded places (there weren’t any) and supermarkets, many people just kept wearing them when out after compulsory wearing in certain places was lifted. The relief when you take them off is wonderful. But we are used to masks now. I can’t believe your Glad has not made them compulsory. She and or her government seem so out of step, to me she is beholden to some vested interest group.
Whatever, Happy New Year James. It won’t be worse.
Yes, it’s madness. There have been many stories circulating about what’s been going on behind the scenes. So far, no journalist has been able to ask the right question to get a direct answer, not an evasive one.
Sydney really has pretty much gone back to pre-covid times – it’s astonishing. I’d have to agree with your Melbourne colleagues on this one.
Who knows what’s behind not making masks mandatory? Assume some interest group / political donor / lobbyists. It really is bonkers – at the supermarket yesterday afternoon it was probably about 40% masks.
Happy New Year to you too! I hope it brings great things and that your lack of confidence is completely unwarranted (though I do feel similarly un-confident).
And let’s hope we can hang on to the working from home as long as possible :)
YES to WFH. I had a creative job normally due on Friday, but due to the public holiday, the deadline was artificially pushed back to Thursday, even though really I could deliver it as late as Saturday morning. But TBH, I wasn’t feeling particularly creative on Thursday, and decided I would do it today instead. Luckily, I control this particular holiday. I knocked it off today well ahead of schedule.