Why Lockdown is Successful in Our Area

We are on our second week of extended circuit breaker lockdown in Metropolitan Melbourne. We had one last February but it was only for a week. We had the toughest lockdown witht he toughest restrictions in the world last year. We had it for 112 days from July to October. Three months of totally staying in our own home except for allowed reasons. It was a moment in history never to be forgotten and an eye opener for what matters most in life. Many lessons and realizations were made.

During these lockdown times, almost everyone followed the rules. Sure there are some skeptical, cynical and troublesome people but generally, everyone adhered to the restrictions. Many followed the rules not because of the exorbitant fines but because they just want everyone to be safe. My husband was impressed with how people here follow rules. He asked my sons what do they think is the main factor for the obedience. My sons said, “That is how we are taught in school. We are taught about mateship. You have to take care of your mate. So in this case with the Covid-19 restrictions, Australians follow rules mainly because they are thinking of their mates. They will say, “Okay, we will do it for your grandpa or grandma.” Or “We are doing this for the vulnerable elderly lady down the road.” “Sure they do it for themselves too but more for others. That’s how Australians are,” my sons added.

During the lockdown last year, youngest son and I go walking around our neigbhourhood every morning to enjoy the sunshine and the fresh air. We took photos of our neighbourhood on lockdown. We are allowed to go walking or exercise for an hour everyday within 5 km radius.

I am sharing some of the photos that we took. If you can see in the photos, only cars are seen. All the people are inside their homes. Because houses here are soundproof and because people close their doors and windows (full-ventilated even if everthing is closed), one can hardly hear anyone talking. No people talking, no dogs barking, no chicken crowing, no kids playing, no children laughing, no people walking and no mowing sounds. The silence is deafening. All we can hear were our voices as we talked and our footsteps as we walked on the paved footpath.

We pray for a cure to this virus. May the world be healed. God is merciful.


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Published by Zhen

I am Zhen. I am a Christian, a mother of 3 wonderful boys and an educator. My family and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am passionate about faith, motherhood, family, friendship and education. I am happy to share my thoughts, ideas and opinions to others. I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music and photography. I like watching dramas, ocean waves, sunrise and sunset. I can be a friend, a confidante and an adviser if you need one.

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