Shepparton News

Stay supportive opening up

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Our newfound freedoms are relative and if you listen to health authoritie­s, fragile, but it is great to see the city alive again after perhaps the most challengin­g month in its history.

We have endured natural disasters, droughts and survived world wars, but the pandemic and the exercise of extraordin­ary powers to protect public help has been crippling.

Many businesses are now open, real estate can now function with inspection­s allowed and small attendance­s at auctions and workers no longer need to be essential to earn a living.

Community sport, small gatherings outdoors, the freedom to move around the state except for Melbourne and Ballarat are all significan­t.

The ability to enter into bubbles and reconnect with family members outside your household is a blessing.

Our new freedoms are nowhere near our prepandemi­c life, but we have learned to be thankful for many small things we once took for granted.

WE ARRIVE AT THIS JUNCTURE THANKS TO THE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES MADE BY THE WHOLE COMMUNITY TO ISOLATE, TEST AND CONTINUE GETTING VACCINATED.

For many families, school holidays loom, and there is an opportunit­y to enjoy and explore the region. We can go camping or hook up the caravan and hit the road.

We arrive at this juncture thanks to the incredible sacrifices made by the whole community to isolate, test and continue getting vaccinated.

We achieved this because so many people also volunteere­d to support those in quarantine so that they didn’t need to bend the

rules to fulfil the most basic needs of food and medicine.

Greater Shepparton is recognised nationally as a community that has twice crushed coronaviru­s. We have also reinforced to millions of people that we

are a strong, cohesive and caring community.

There has been a considerab­le cost to commerce and community, and the recovery will have a long tail.

The best we can do is

remain supportive, especially of local businesses with limited capacity to trade as usual because of ongoing restrictio­ns.

And the best thing we can all do is get vaccinated.

The outbreak led to a surge in vaccinatio­n, the goal of 80 per cent coverage is in sight and the summer school holidays and the festive season promises to be very different to the life we have now.

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Help local businesses: Remain supportive, especially of local businesses with limited capacity to trade as usual because of ongoing restrictio­ns.

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