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Lloyd Burr: It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the govt's COVID plan is starting to flower

Lloyd Burr 23/11/2021

OPINION: It’s been a long time coming, but it’s starting to look like the government’s covid plan is coming together and starting to bear fruit, or at least starting to flower. 

We finally have dates. 

We finally have some clarity. 

We finally have something to look forward to and aim towards. 

Businesses have been in the dark for months, but finally there are glimmers of light. 

Hairdressers and barbers can open on Thursday. 

They’ll trial how vaccine passports will work - testing both their scanning software, and how it works with their customers’ vaccine passports on phones or printed out on paper. 

There’s still plenty of unknowns with this, but at least it’s a start and at least they’ll be open for business. 

Then next Friday, it’s Freedom Day - that’s when the traffic light system comes into place, and no matter what colour parts of the country are on, bars and pubs and restaurants and gyms and beauticians will be able to open - only to those who are fully vaccinated. 

That’s an important piece of the government’s plan too: those who are unvaccinated won’t be able to do much come next Friday. 

They won’t be able to go to places with vaccine mandates, which will be most pubs, gyms, restaurants, museums, clubs, concerts, cinemas, events - the list goes on. 

It’s a good way to encourage vaccine uptake, and hence a good way to prevent our health system becoming flooded with unvaccinated covid victims. 

I’ve been super frustrated with the government’s handling of covid over the past month or so, and I’ve been impatient too. 

But Ardern’s announcement yesterday gave me a bit of hope, and gave me something to look forward to. 

Maybe this was all part of their plan. It feels like it’s all coming together. 

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