First any gatherings of over 500 were prohibited, then indoor gatherings of 100 or more. Arts and sports events are cancelled or postponed even our little tennis clubs singles competition which was meant to happen today. The creative sector is reeling with already sporadic income drying up. I have a job outside the industry and probably lose money from my writing, so I'm not affected economically but my friends are. There's an Australian I lost my gig website where people are tracking how much money they've lost. There's a NZ Facebook group for the creative sector too, people are panicking, but offering stuff too. I'll give free mentoring, read my online book for free, have something, will this help? Will this? Schools are still open unless there's a case when the school will close down to track.
Yesterday, 11 more confirmed cases and Te Papa, Auckland university, Auckland libraries, the National Library, possibly Auckland schools all closed yesterday. So many things cancelled and postponed. The local train service has slashed their fares by half, and tickets won't be clipped so they're asking people to be hones. Victoria University in Wellington is offering free courses to anyone affected next term.
The lights are going out. Not literally, but those little humming institutions and industries are slowing or stopping. Last one in the building turn out the lights.
I just switched to the RNZ site and 14 new cases confirmed today, and for the first time they say they can't rule out community transmission. Our PM, Jacinda Ardern, is giving an announcement in a few minutes about the next steps.
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