We wish you and your family a very happy Easter.

It has been very different and very quiet Easter for us this year because of coronavirus.

Besides visiting postnatal patients in hospital and delivering a baby on Easter Sunday I have been at home with my wife Robyn.

We watched Good Friday and Easter Sunday church services online via Facebook in my study. We even celebrated communion online.

We didn’t have our usual family get together at Easter.

We could not enjoy attending church with our family and having a meal with our family. We could not enjoy our grandchildren participating in the Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

I am sure for so many of you it has been a very different Easter this year because fo coronavirus.

I have been thinking of you and how you have had to change what you usually do, this year. Easter should be time of reflection, celebration, attending church, family and friends, sharing meals, laughter and joy, hot cross buns and Easter eggs. But this has been restricted for us and I am sure for you. Many of you would usually be visiting elderly relatives but can’t. Some elderly family members may not understand why you can’t be with them this year.This is very sad.

  • I particularly feel for my patients who have just had babies and haven’t been able to share their joy with family and friends because the constrains of social distancing and staying at home rules because of coronavirus.
  • I particularly feel for my patients who are experiencing financial hardship from loss of employment or less working hours because of coronavirus.
  • I particularly feel for my patients who had made holiday plans for Easter and school holidays which had to be cancelled because of coronavirus.

The good news is the number of new cases is continuing to decrease and so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I personally suspect the Government will start relaxing current restrictions in Australia soon.

I suspect travelling overseas and visitors to Australia will not be allowed for a long time yet as opening the borders exposes Australia to the likelihood of new infections from overseas countries. Robyn and I have paid a deposit for an Antarctic cruise at the end of February 2021. I doubt this will be happening. I may take a shorter duration of time off and have a holiday in Australia in March instead. I am sure interstate travel will be possible by then.

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