Well everyone we are back for another bunch of tales from bloggers in different countries. A HUGE thankyou goes out to the guys from last Monday’s post – which you can read HERE. That’s thanks to Eromonsele, Rochelle, Frank and Lexie. This week we have Lynda from Saitama, Tanja from Croatia and Mrs Wayfarer from the Philippines. Another massive thank you to these three for contributing. Please do check out their blogs! I may do another in a week or two, I’m not sure at this stage I need to ask a few more people!
From Lynda from Saitama with Kids
Tanja from Red Phone Box Travels
I live in a seaside town in Croatia with my two small children and a husband. Our life has changed dramatically and we are now practically in a complete lock-down. As everyone else in the world we heard about coronavirus in China but didn’t think too much about it. After all, China is far, far away from our small country. In the meantime our small country wasn’t that far away anymore from the virus because the virus came to Italy. Oh, that’s too close! And yet the government didn’t think about closing the borders with Italy and the first confirmed coronavirus patient in Croatia was a guy who returned from a trip to Milan, Italy. And then there were other people who got back from holidays/ski trips/business trips and had coronavirus.
So, things happened fast from then on. Everyone who got back from abroad had to be in self-isolation for 14 days and report to a doctor. If they had severe symptoms they got tested for coronavirus. Then, the government decided to cancel/postpone all events that gathered more than 1000 ppl, than that got reduced to a 100 people. Schools, kindergartens and universities were ordered to close for 14 days. Then, all restaurants, cafes and shops and some other businesses got closed for 30 days which meant that all education facilities were also going to be closed for longer.
What is left open you might ask? Food shops, supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies. When everything got closed people fled to the beaches and mountains to be outside. But that was a problem again so that was banned too. For the same reason all children’s playgrounds were closed too. Public transport was cancelled, travel between cities banned, borders practically closed. You need a permit to leave your town and you can get it if you have a valid reason to go to another town e.g work. People are advised to stay at home at all times and to leave their house only to go to work and to buy food. Just to go for a walk outside is discouraged.
Croatia relies heavily on tourism and since a lot of people who work in tourism and hospitality industry already lost their jobs (and a lot of other private businesses will suffer greatly) I wonder what the economic and social consequences will be for us all. But at the moment we have to #stayathome and save lives.
Amidst all this virus threat and the rising number of coronavirus patients a major earthquake (5.3) hit our capital Zagreb. There’s one image I can’t get out of my head. Women with newborn babies standing in their robes in the streets after the earthquake because their hospital got severely damaged. One 15 year old girl died in the earthquake. And then it snowed, at the end of March. What else can happen???
What about our little family? We are fine. We didn’t buy 10 kg of flour or the entire shelf of the toilet paper. Yes, there’s a queue to enter the shop and you can’t always find what you want but shelves get replenished. We are all at home and luckily have a garden where our toddler can let out some steam. Our jobs? Who knows what will happen after all this passes. And it will pass. Will things go back to normal? The isolation measures might go on until June (these measures so far have been efficient in containing the number of patients) but whether coronavirus will be a seasonal virus like flu and whether will be cooped up in our houses for several months each year… who knows, I’m not an expert. I just try to survive each day at home with a baby and a toddler and a husband and no wine.
Stay safe! Stay at home!