Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – Australia

When it became clear that most of the world would be in some sort of lockdown because of the rampant spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, I reached out to friends around the globe and asked them to send me a short piece on what life is like for them right now.

Starting off this mini-series of posts is K*, a life-long family friend who lives in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia:

K in December 2005 outside what was then the family business

Life in Warrnambool with Covid-19**: a population of 30,000 with 7 confirmed cases (at the time of writing) and probably more to come. 

For my husband not a great deal has changed; he works from home and is accustomed to working remotely. After hours his passion is photography and he is the current president of our local camera club.  Without camera club he has no face-to-face peer interactions, and is now putting up with the hormones of three women and a fluffy white female dog 24/7. He is currently working on creating a virtual camera club, knowing it could be months, concerned for the many single members.  

I am still going to work each day, working in communications, as we service a lot of essential services such as health and justice. I have mixed emotions about this, but my employers are doing their best to keep us safe. 

As the Mum of two adult daughters it is hard not to worry.

My youngest has been set up by her employer to work from home. This is going well so far and she is a wiz with social media, but l worry how long it will be before she can spend time with her friends. 

My eldest is feeling it the most. Just before the outbreak she resigned from her full-time job and is now between jobs. The likelihood of finding employment at present is remote, but living at home again means she will get through it. She will take up some study to fill the void. For her, the heart break is being in a fresh relationship with a lovely guy who lives in South Australia, who have now closed their borders. These could be closed for months.

Our streets are very quiet, with businesses closing their doors. Our cinema, pubs, clubs, gyms, playgrounds and restaurants are all closed. The lines at our social security office are huge. The only winners are the big supermarkets who are being stripped of stock every day. 

All l hope is those in charge are a few steps ahead of the game and as communities, we take care of one another. 

It will be interesting to revisit these comments in a couple of months time.

Thanks so much, K!

* K is the person who introduced me to scrapbooking.

**Since K wrote this piece in late March, the Australian government has placed further and stricter restrictions on its citizens in the on-going battle to overcome Covid-19.

13 thoughts on “Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – Australia

  1. This is going to be a really interesting series of different experiences of life in lockdown – what a good idea!
    I do feel for those with older ‘children’ living at home whose social lives have been put on hold for who knows how many months. I know that if this had happened when my two were teenagers it would have been an absolute nightmare! We can only hope that if everyone can follow the rules, strict though they are, we will get through this sooner rather than later. When we had our online ‘happy hour’ with my Zumba class it really hit home how much those people living on their own are missing seeing anyone else. For those in my group, Friday was the first time they had ‘seen’ anyone outside of family members on video links so I can see why K’s husband intends to keep the camera club going.
    Thank you K for sharing a snippet of life in your area of Australia, it’s very interesting to read and I hope that when we do come to revisit this subject in a couple of months, things will have improved enormously. Keep safe x

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  2. Thank you K for your story. I do hope K you are recording all this through scrapbooking, there are the stories & memories we want our grandchildren to know about us.

    Thank you Ruth for uniting us all for we are more alike than not.

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  3. It’s amazing how we are all in similar situations around the globe! I definitely think it’s harder on singles living alone & am glad for technology that allows us to interact. A virtual camera club sounds like a nice idea during this time! Thanks for sharing your situation K!

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  4. Really interesting to read, Ruth and K, and thank-you. It feels as if we are in the middle of a storm which is increasing in intensity and no-one knows how long it will last. So hard on so many people …

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