8 May 2020
In Australia today we got our roadmap out of Covid. The federal politicians put their heads together with the medico’s and came up with three stages which would return us to something vaguely normal.
Time frame is totally speculative.
Libraries, community centres, playgrounds and boot camps will be the first to reopen, and also local and regional travel.
Step 2 sees gyms and cinemas and amusement parks reopening, and by step 3 gatherings up to 100 people will be allowed, and nightclubs, food courts and saunas reopen.
Each state will administer their own roadmaps, so with any luck WA might forget about the boot camps and sauna’s. (I apologise if your life revolves around these two things – no judgement intended. Weirdo.)
When’s the last time you looked at one? Or do you rely on an automated voice giving you directions in your car?
The most overtly sexist theories I’ve heard is about how females can’t read road maps. And also about how males don’t ever need them, obviously based on their superior genetic power, or the fact that the earth revolves around them, or something. Gotta confess I was turning the street directory upside down to get my bearings while this was being explained, so I probably tuned out.
So who’s going to follow this roadmap?!?? Was this the most appropriate terminology to use?
I can see the logic – trying to tell us that we are on a journey. We have brilliant family holiday memories of my niece Hana chanting “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” incessantly on one trip. It was funny because we were travelling up a gondola – might not have been as funny if it was a trip between Karratha and Perth, for example.
But that’s what has been happening in the media, since the very first time someone somewhere had a day with no new Covid diagnoses. The focus on the panic buying of toilet paper to save the planet, changed to “Are we there yet?” in the blink of an eye.
I’m quite sure we all know that this is not going to be a quick return to what was once normal, but it doesn’t stop the constant speculation about when that will happen.
Our Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia gives us the highlights that will happen on our trip, but it’s not as handy as Google Maps in telling us how long the journey will take.
Maybe we just need to turn it upside down to gain better perspective?