Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Dear Glad

Gladys Brerejiklian is Premier of Australia's arguably most important and certainly largest Australian state. Interesting like #45 in the US, she is 45th Premier of the State of New South Wales.

I recall saying to R a couple of weeks ago how I would like to wear a mask when at the Aldi supermarket but I would feel a bit embarrassed wearing a mask.

Then our State Premier ordered us to wear a mask once outside our home and we have. You can remove you mask to eat, drink or smoke when outside, if you don't have a medical exemption. That is it. No other exceptions. Compliance has been high with only my opinion, young tradies on work sites not masked up. They are at times doing hard physical labour and I am sure they struggle with masks. But what I have also observed about young tradies, they are not socially distancing at all. Note, Tradies are manual workers on building sites, or those who attend to fix your plumbing or wiring, or install something in your home.

So Gladys, take the bull by the horns and order Sydney people into masks for perhaps four weeks. We quite like being told what to do and any embarrassment will disappear.

"Maaaaaaaaaate, I am not risking my beer money with a fine".

38 comments:

  1. Our Chief Minister has already flagged that mask wearing may be the next step. If it is, so beit.
    Love your last line.

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    1. EC, why not protect yourself. How to spell the extended mate? I don't know but you got it.

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  2. Wonder how many Bunnings Karen's they have in NSW .......and whether Gladys will be able to 'persuade' them to do the right thing?

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    1. Cathy, I would think more Karens in NSW. It has to be law with decent penalties.

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    2. A week in jail sounds like a good penalty.

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  3. I wish some of those stupid people who feel that their rights are being abused would just shut up and mask up, if not for themselves then more importantly for others. If our Premier said we had to wear masks we would absolutely do it. I still find the whole situation unbelievable, will go down in history for sure ✨

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    1. Grace, it is not history we are enjoying living through, but we follow the now much clearer rules.

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    2. I hope you saw our police smashing car windows when people (women X 2) refused to open their windows to identify themselves at checkpoints.

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    3. Oh my gosh, what is wrong with people!

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  4. I notice the same with our tradies! Most people are good about wearing masks, interestingly enough, especially young people.
    It is the 50ish white people that don't seem to comply.
    I've even seen our homeless wearing masks.

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    1. Jackie, out on the streets it is really hard to categorise any non wearers. There are very few.

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  5. How hot is it on those construction sights? Here in Ohio, if it's above 80, you're working by yourself, and there's no air conditioning in your work area (electric fans don't count), you can lower the mask, though you still have to wear it.

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    1. Kirk, we are in our coldest snap for a couple of decades, maximums of 10C, say 50F. Hopefully this won't run into hot weather.

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  6. Gladys is my late mother's name, a name she wasn't wrapped in.

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    1. Margaret, while it is an old name, I don't mind it.

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  7. We are told not to have any social gatherings over 10 people indoors and outdoors. That's crazy. If we have 12 members in our family, we are supposed to tell 2 people to leave. Where will they go?

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    1. Just to the outside of your fence if you are outdoors, or send them out if you are indoors (*~*)

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    2. Gigi, we are now not allowed any visitors. Yes, it is difficult when you may be one or two over.

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  8. Social distance here in my community is joke and they think the virus is hoax. On exemption I would be curious what is aloud there. The list here is quite long and you don't need to see medical person...just say I have _____. And it flies.

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  9. Anonymous3:31 am

    I love "tradies," so Aussie, with the urge to clip every word. Good Arvo, Roderick

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    1. Roderick, that is funny as that is one phrase we don't use. We might say 'have a good arvo'.

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  10. I've noticed that here, too -- people in England are getting better about masks, but the construction workers NEVER wear them. I think, as you said, it's hard to deal with a mask when you're doing physical labor. I have trouble breathing through mine when I'm walking up the hill from the grocery store! But they ARE essential, unfortunately.

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    1. Steve, I can't imagine doing anything too physical when masked.

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  11. We have an unwelcome 'inspector' coming today. We will both wear masks, tell him to keep two metres away, and not let him into the house.

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  12. It must be hard on a construction site to social distance because many jobs require two people, or to wear a mask when it's hot. I don't envy those workers. Of course I didn't envy them prior to the pandemic either. I can't imagine any scenario in which you would find me on a roof in the summer sun, pounding nails :)

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    1. Jenny, working in the heat was why my brother gave up his home building and renovation work.

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  13. Western Australia is our largest state in area; NSW has the largest population...I guess you were referring to the latter.

    Common sense...lacking in many folk, as has been proven over the past few months...must be come back into fashion!

    I won't point fingers at construction workers...but I will at thoughtless, inconsiderate, selfish, self-centred people...and there are far too many of them around nowadays!

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    1. Typo alert..."must come back into fashion"...delete the "be"....

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    2. Indeed Lee, most populous state. They are certainly being fined on a large scale now for breaching the ruless.

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  14. It amuses me that people (some of them anyway) need to be told to wear a mask. The pandemic is in the news daily, surely they can work it out for themselves and not need to be told by authorities? I have masks now, and clean bandanas, and will wear them on public transport and when shopping, even though I probably don't need to yet. I foresee a lot of washing in my future, masks, hands, I even washed my house keys today. They look so shiny and new now.

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    1. River, I am pleased you are proactive. We should have been more so. At least you are reasonably safe in your city.

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  15. At least there are clear rules now that everyone must wear a mask. Keep safe Andrew.

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    1. Yes, Sami. Better for everyone.

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  16. As much as I fear for the worst, Sydneysiders seem to have taken it into their own hands. Shops, restaurants, bars etc are already empty. I think we've seen the writing on the wall. Good luck to everyone in Melbourne.

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    1. James, that's interesting and I hadn't heard about that. I noted there was a case in your suburb. Do take care.

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  17. Well I hope it doesn't get as bad there as it is here. I think we're about up to 160k deaths now and nothing slowing.

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    1. Strayer, my heart bleeds but then I get angry at what is happening there.

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