2020-05-02 22:48:22 UTC
With our COVID-19 Alert level now at 3, all major retailers and many
small retail in my area have adopted variations on online ordering and
pickup and/or delivery. Many big-box retailers have provisions for
click-and-collect. My local takeaway allows a phone-and-collect
process with tap-and-go payment mandatory. Bunnings, Mitre10, Repco
are all open for collecting goods pre-ordered online and all the
fast-food restaurant drive-thrus are open.
Curiously though, the COVID-19 website shows this about leaving home:
"Just like Alert Level 4, people should stay at home as much as
possible except for exercise, going to work or school, or visiting
local services like the doctor, pharmacy or supermarket."
In effect, you can leave home to go shopping. So you can pick up your
click-and-collect order, use a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant,
or go and get your fish-and-chips order. Prior to the lock-down I was
looking at buying a ride-on mower and last week the retailer selling
my preferred model re-opened and the order has been placed. They also
fixed my weed-eater. All of this done at their showroom (with strict
COVID-19 protocols in place).
My point is that leaving home is no-where near as restricted as level
4. There is a wide variety of valid reasons to be out and about, but
the COVID-19 website does not reflect this. Travel restrictions
'outside your region' are still in place and these should remain
detailed, but the website should redefine reasons to leave your house
and in this respect, remove all references to level 4 restrictions.
As things stand, there is a significant disconnect on what is
permitted on this official Government website. I will continue to
leave home to travel to local retailers.