Lockdowns, restrictions and … doughnuts
Depending on the region and country in which you live, pandemic-related restrictions have either eased or increased in the last couple of weeks. Here in Vancouver, by the Pacific Ocean, we’re dealing with increased restrictions. These pale, though, in comparison to challenges being experienced in other parts of our country – and even more so when compared to some other countries.
As mentioned in one of my recent articles, people in a number of countries are now dealing with a second round of lockdowns. In contrast, people in Melbourne, Australia have recently emerged from what amounted to one of the longest lockdowns on the planet this year. After 111 days of a lockdown that began in July, things are easing.
Restrictions remain in place for people in Australia’s second largest city, yet its five million or so residents are enjoying warm spring weather and reduced limitations. Many events are still virtual, and I participated in one this last week. The Melbourne EA Group (MEAG) is celebrating its sixth anniversary, and founder Carmel Bond invited me to speak at MEAG’s Sixth Birthday Bonanza.
In preparing to work with EAs from Melbourne, Geelong, Notting Hill, Perth, Sydney and other locales, I asked Carmel how things were going. She described a sense of her city coming back to life. Residents had been unable to travel more than five kilometers (three miles) from their homes, and had been allowed to leave home for no more than an hour of exercise. Now, with spring well and truly underway, Melburnians can enjoy getting outdoors again under sunny skies – they’ll have temperatures of up to 27C/80F in the week ahead! Face coverings remain mandatory and limitations continue to be a fact of life, yet retail and hospitality businesses have been able to open their doors again.
Thank you, Melbourne
MEAG’s Sixth Birthday Bonanza was a terrific event, with fun and efficient co-hosts Carmel and Holly Bailey, a great group of appreciative, engaged EAs, and four presentations that preceded the evening fun. I’m continuing to receive LinkedIn requests and kind words from Aussie EAs, and appreciate all your notes.
About those doughnuts
Melburnians have been referring to each new day without new COVID-19 cases – “zero days” – as doughnuts. When I congratulated EAs participating in MEAG’s event on their doughnuts to date, Alan, Kerry and Lisa were among those offering celebratory comments in the chat. They were happy to mark 14 doughnuts and, from what I understand, people in Victoria have now been able to celebrate 15 doughnuts and counting! It’s little wonder that at least one Melbourne bakery has reported a run on these treats.
Elsewhere, some assistants have now worked remotely for eight months
E-chatting last night with a friend who typically works in Manhattan, I learned it’s now eight months since she’s been to the office. I know she’s not the only one who’s become accustomed to working remotely. Friends who had experienced easings of restrictions in England, Italy, Scotland and other countries, meanwhile, are now living lockdowns redux.
Productivity, stress, influence and goal setting during pandemic times
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