SENTINEL-TIMES COMMENT

THANK God the first of the vaccines will start to arrive this week and likely be administered from next week.

Ultimately it will make a difference, initially as the health workers and older residents get the jab but probably much later in the year for the rest of us.

So, notwithstanding hosting an event like the Australian Open, where tennis players and officials come from many of the most infected places on earth, there will be further disruption like that experienced this week.

It’s the new COVID-normal, and even after we get towards herd immunity, there will still be new strains of the virus to contend with.

This thing could go on, hopefully in a relatively controlled manner, for years to come yet.

Which is why the sorts of random acts of kindness we saw over the weekend really do go a long way.

Like the Inverloch Newsagency which offered to sell flower arrangements on Valentine’s Day for the local florist shop, Elsie’s, which wasn’t allowed to open.

Or the staff at a Phillip Island hospitality venue which moved heaven and earth to shift a wedding celebration forward from Saturday to Friday evening to beat the COVID lockdown.

Or all those people who went out of their way to order in takeaways, instead of dining out, mindful that local cafés, restaurants and pubs had ordered food in big time for what looked set to be a bumper weekend, topped off by Valentine’s Day lunches and dinners on Sunday – which didn’t eventuate.

And all those sporting officials who hit the phones on Friday to advise players of the cancellation of games and other activities.
It was massively disruptive, and especially for the florists and hotels on a Valentines’ Day weekend, hugely expensive as well, but those acts of kindness, ongoing support for our local traders and just trying to maintain a positive attitude can make all the difference… until we beat this thing.