How did a Sydney man with COVID-19 end up in Byron Bay?
Sydney is in lockdown. Greater Sydney and surrounds have been in lockdown now for seven weeks. There are rules in place. Only one person per household is supposed to leave home. You are supposed to work at home. You are not supposed to travel more than 10km from your home. Only one person from a household can go shopping. This is not a time for a holiday. This isn’t even time to travel for work. This isn’t a time to go looking at real estate. You need to stay at home. You have been asked nicely. Unless of course you are from a non-English speaking background, in Western Sydney. We send the army in there.
I have lots of friends in Sydney who are sticking to the rules. It’s based on trust. There is no ring of steel protecting us from those who might decide Public Health Orders don’t apply to them. So, when they don’t comply – our entire community suffers. Trust is an inadequate form of protection when you’re living in what must appear to those under house arrest as the land of the free. Who wouldn’t want to be here?
As of this morning we have found out that a man has tested positive to COVID-19. He was taken to Lismore Hospital by the police. He was active in the community, as were his two teenage sons, for five days. He went to places in Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Casino.
So how in F’s sake did a bloke manage to travel here, from Sydney, at the end of July with his two teenage sons? Did he say ‘I’m off to get smokes’ and then just never returned? Was he auditioning for The Block? Was he driving up the next load of Pfizer? Or meth? Did he get lost on the way to Aldi?
I don’t know the answer, but I have heard there are a lot of people who have come here from Sydney while the city is in lockdown. While we appreciate it’s not much fun, we would really rather you stayed put, and didn’t subject our small communities to a possible outbreak. You see, we have many among us who don’t ‘believe’ in covid. Who won’t wear masks. Who won’t distance. Who won’t test when they get symptoms, because they either believe in their super turmeric-powered immune system to protect them, or that covid doesn’t exist. This puts all of us here at risk of being ravaged by this new Delta variant. Even the turmeric-powered people.
At the time of writing this Gladys said she wasn’t going to put us in lockdown. WTF?
We have a shitload of medically mask-exempted people here. It seems that in Sydney they also have some people who are lockdown exempt. Rules don’t apply. Special special people.
This dickhead had symptoms for days and didn’t get a test. Not only didn’t he test, he went everywhere imaginable in our area. He was like Typhoid Mary. That level of selfishness in the middle of a frigging pandemic is hard to fathom. Did he QR in? I hope so. But as someone who has come to a region while he’s supposed to be in lockdown, I guess he may not have. We’re yet to find out. I don’t know what to say. Except that I’m feeling furious about the entitlement of a man who brought covid here when he was asked to remain within 10km of his house in Sydney. Perhaps his odometer was broken.
So Gladys, please lock us down. We don’t want this to get away on us. It’s clear that when you are dealing with entitlement, trust doesn’t work. We need to protect our community. Tests are better than trust. And when a virus like this is at play, caution is better than regret.
And remember, covid doesn’t care if you believe in it or not.