Wednesday, July 6, 2022

My Daily Digest: March 2, 2021

A wait-and-see game One Farmers Weekly reporter’s job this week has been to ring event organisers to see if they’re still going ahead. It’s a big job. With Auckland at Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Level 2, any event with more than 100 people is out of the question.

Then there are those events scheduled for next week onwards. A wait-and-see game is on to find out if restrictions will end or continue.

So much hard work goes into the planning and set-up for things like field days and conferences, so it’s heartbreaking for those involved when they have to pull the plug.

Rural communities can become disillusioned – they’re lucky enough to be living almost normal lives while it’s the cities that are the hotspots.

But remember, Auckland residents are far more restricted than most and are doing their bit to keep covid at bay.

Let’s make sure we do ours too.

 

Bryan Gibson

 

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