COVID-19: Sydney lockdown extended to 30 July
This comes as no surprise. The lockdown has already robbed me of my trip to New Zealand, and it looks like it will also cause me to cancel a replacement trip to Byron Bay. Oh well.
Gladys-Beryl Jiklian, our premier, announced the 2 week extension this morning.
Given that the daily infection numbers continue to be heading in the wrong direction, it was fairly easy to see this coming.
According to today’s news conference, people in the Fairfield local government district, where the outbreak is currently centred, have started taking the lockdown seriously, and have dramatically reduced their movements in, out and around the council district. That’s a good thing, and will help reduce the spread.
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
I’m pretty comfortable with my own company, and that of my husband, so another 2 weeks in isolation is OK by me. I have a study to clean out, tax to do, novels to read, and endless TV series to fast forward through. I’m also back studying for my master’s degree in August.
If this is the price I have to pay for the months of ‘normal’ life we have had, eating in restaurants, meeting friends, going to the theatre and concerts, and travelling interstate, then I’m fine with that.
As far as international travel goes. I’m not even interested in going to a country like the United Kingdom, where Boris is proclaiming ‘Freedom Day’, which is looking very much like ‘freedom to catch the Delta strain day’. Mind you, I have not had to live through the dog’s breakfast of the UK’s COVID strategy, resulting in months-long lockdowns. So maybe I should keep my trap shut on that matter.
Despite the ineptitude of our Australian federal government’s running of the whole vaccination process, that level of incompetence pales into insignificance compared to the mismanagement by Britain’s L’Homme de Paille.