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OPINION: When I signed for 2020 in December, I felt the sensation of leaving the year behind and feeling confident that life and our daily movement and activities could return to normal in the New Year, hopefully the worst of the coronavirus behind. us and the beginning of the end of the “hard edge“.

Like many Australians, we have family scattered in different parts of the country, and indeed in other parts of the world, so the hope of being able to get together at Christmas and our two-year-old son to see his grandparents for the first time. in a year it was a reunion and a boost that we all needed.

We were lucky enough to be able to make that happen, flying from Perth to spend valuable time with our extended families in New South Wales.

Our ride had some bumps along the way. We stopped in Adelaide to watch the Australia-India test before heading to Sydney.

A backyard cricket game was worth the 14-day quarantine.
A backyard cricket game was worth the 14-day quarantine. (Supplied)

But we started to think that we would have to pack up and go home, as the Washington government had reestablished the hard border with NSW after a COVID-19 outbreak on the northern beaches.

The hard border is a mental health hurdle that only a select few can overcome.

When we went to Sydney we always thought it could happen and we were mentally prepared, we might need to self-quarantine at home for 14 days when we return home, which has become a reality for tens of thousands of Australians.

It was worth going and I realize that we were lucky to have those moments that many have missed in 2020.

It is not about vacations, it is about reuniting with your parents or your children, having a beer, spending quality time if you live a part.

I have many friends who had their Christmas plans ruined by sudden border closures or in WA retrospective quarantine requirements for newcomers from the interstate.

What has reared its ugly head throughout this latest turbulent patch of cases in the eastern states is the lack of care and compassion from many within the community towards people whose meetings did not occur or were interrupted.

I really feel sorry for all those people.

We are more than halfway through our quarantine, which has been good.

We only ran short of lettuce for dinner on Saturday night when we forgot to include it in our house store, but if that’s the worst of our problems, we clearly don’t have any.

Oliver Peterson's family goes on vacation.
Looking at a country divided by border closures. (Supplied)

But as Peter Collignon, professor of infectious diseases, wrote in The Herald of the Sun:However, what we do must be proportionate to the risk at the time. Too often, panic and isolationism seem to play a role in headlines, opinions, and decision-making. “

As I write this, Greater Brisbane is ending a three-day lockdown over the threat of a woman who was in the community with the UK strain and that retrospective quarantine requirement has hit travelers from Queensland to WA, with the cap rigid established for the Sunshine State, New South Wales and Victoria.

The hard border is a mental health hurdle that only a select few can overcome.

It is loved, applauded, celebrated and reflected in sky-high opinion polls, response calls, letters to the editor, and social media posts.

While most will argue that it is a symbol of safety, it is also a marker of division and something that really is so 2020.

Hopefully it will go sooner rather than later.

Bring the vaccination and better times are ahead.


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