Monday, 06 July 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

In driveways and gardens, at letterboxes, on balconies or just at the living room window, people across Mercury Bay are invited to join their fellow New Zealanders and “Stand at Dawn” this ANZAC Day morning (Saturday, 25 April) as the country collectively remembers those who served.

While many of us are adapting to working from home due to the impact of the coronavirus restrictions, newly-released data from the 2018 census shows that this was already a popular choice for many on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Ministry of Health says it is working to improve systems so Covid-19 test results get to patients sooner. Some patients reported delays of up to a week in receiving their results.

Maybe you didn’t realise it, but what we are currently doing here in Mercury Bay will be something historians will study and analyse many years in the future. How communities across many nations combined to fight a global pandemic that essentially brought life to a standstill will be the subject of papers, books and probably even movies.

How do local businessowners feel about the Covid-19 lockdown, what are their thoughts on life in Mercury Bay after the lockdown has ended and what can be done to ensure that we, as a community, recover from the pandemic with as little economic damage as possible? Thank you to all the businessowners who were happy to share their thoughts with us during the course of the past week or so.

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