'It hurt not to be with them': Seniors reflect on time away from grandkids
As COVID-19 lockdowns are gradually lifted across the nation, people are easing into the 'new normal'. But for seniors, resuming their favourite activities comes with added risk.
Key points:Many older Territorians want border restrictions to remain in placeSome NT seniors will self-impose gathering restrictions while Australia still has virus casesOthers have been happy to see society's hectic pace slow down during the lockdown
But for seniors, statistically considered more vulnerable to coronavirus,easing into the "new normal"comes with added risk.Five seniors spoke to the ABC about their feelings as restrictions lift, pubs fill with patrons and swimming pools reopen.
At 90, Nita McAuley has been delighted to rejoin her Darwin Stingers Masters Swimming Club mates when they resumed training at the Parap Pool this week, but she could have waited longer."I think we should have stayed locked down a bit longer and made sure that we're all well, but people get impatient. I'm not impatient, I can't afford to be," she said.
'We're very lucky to be in Darwin'Ms McAuley doesn't feel the need to limit her movement or activities but says that's only because people arriving in the NT still have to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel."We're very lucky to be in Darwin, we haven't experienced all the terrible things that are happening down south, and I think we should keep it that way a bit longer until we're sure of what's happening in other states," she said.
Anne Walker will limit herself to meeting small groups of friends until she feels safer.(ABC News: Jane Bardon)But other club members including Anne Walker said they would keep self-imposing limits on how many people they gathered with and how they moved about, beyond the official rules.
"I won't be getting into any large groups any time soon, I am only mixing with three or four people," she said.Ms Walker also said her feeling of relative safety would disappear if the Territory's border restrictions were removed while there was still community transmission of COVID-19 in other states.
Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakA difficult time for familiesChristine Paynter has relished being able to meet her Seniors team back on the bowling green.(ABC News: Jane Bardon)On Darwin's Fannie Bay bowling green, Christine Paynter is relishing being able to gather with the members of her seniors team now the lockdown has been lifted.
"I didn't like it at all because I'm a social butterfly, I like to be out and about and I've missed my bowls really badly," she said.The retired nurse said she was happy to move freely around Darwin as long as the Territory's border quarantine rules remained.
During the lockdown, she had to remain out in the community, doing essential shopping for her daughter's family, who quarantined at home for two weeks after her baby grandson came home from emergency surgery in Brisbane."That was pretty traumatic. I just had to hand the shopping over the fence, so I also isolated myself as much as I could," she said.Read more: ABC News »
As a grandparent I certainly feel it but then again as a post WWII refugee, my paternal grandparents never saw me and the others only once in a decade. It happens.
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NSW premier announces lifting of intrastate travel restrictions from June 1 | Sky News AustraliaNew South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the lifting of all restrictions on intrastate travel but warned 'the great news' should be enjoyed cautiously.\n\nFrom June 1 state residents will be allowed to travel regionally for any reason, including holidays.\n\nPremier Berejiklian made the announcement alongside her deputy, John Barilaro, urging people to take a weekend away to inject cash into regional economies still reeling from drought and bushfires. \n\nThe premier welcomed the return to travel but warned it would 'be different from' any holidays taken before the coronavirus outbreak. \n\n'Please know the virus is as deadly and contagious as it's always been and we have to live in a COVID-safe environment forever more until there's a vaccine or a cure - which experts suggest is some time away.'\n\nWith international borders remaining closed in the short term, it is expected NSW residents' disposable income will return to the domestic economy.\n\n'Please take extra care in planning ahead, booking online, make sure you're keeping away from large crowds and protect your friends and your family,' she said.\n\n'We want people to enjoy themselves but at the same time, please know, nothing we do is the same during a pandemic.'\n\nMs Berejiklian welcomed travel from other states, maintaining the state's intent to keep its borders open.\n\n'We will play our part as a larger state, as the traditional economic powerhouse of the nation to make sure we generate as much economic activity as possible in a safe environment.'\n\nWe certainly don't want to see job numbers continue to crash as they did in April,' she said.\n\nAlong with travel, a number of cultural institutions including libraries and art galleries would open in a limited capacity.\n\nImage: News Corp Australia GladysB Good GladysB now can you get QLD to do the same please. We have business to conduct there and they are making it very difficult. And could you encourage holiday makers to go as far north as the QLD border to spend their holiday money. No need to give it to QLD at the moment GladysB Do you know you can earn over $3000 working from home on weekly basis? DM me if interested. GladysB The state with the highest number of community transmission wants to allow interstate travel. Yep. Smart.