Sunday 22 March update

The emptiness of town and the over full car park at the supermarket, the extremes changes in only a week for new Zealand are creating great uncertainty.  This morning I meet with a home care helper, who was a lovely kind and high spirited person.  I asked the question of how was the feel among visits.  Not to my surprise the reply was that some are ignoring the “Stay Home” call.  The visits are to people in need of assistance due to age, illness and disability.  Also today speaking to another person and asked them to keep safe including their elderly parent, again the reply was that they are probably at the supermarket getting the cat food.  Yesterday while manning the front door the response that the “Stay Home” wasn’t for them because they are fit and healthy or others a venue who had members say “age doesn’t matter, we don’t have the virus among us and we haven’t been exposed to it.”

So when do people take notice to such a call?

Why do we wait until it is in our house?

As a Business, employer and employee I want to keep it all safe.  This means, keeping the business safe enough to weather this, to keep our staff safe and ensuring they have future work, and as an employee we want to know that we have a safe balance that would keep home safe too.

The restrictions in place are to reduce the spread and help manage the health system.  To those who were shocked at the registration system or commented that other places were doing that.  We did exactly as required by Ministry of Health and we did it because if there is a case and it involves anyone entering our premise, then we have the information for the Health system to contact all persons.  This was a safety measure and one I personally agreed with.  We did not and will not gather that information for us or to sell marketing, it is only available to the Ministry of Health.  But to everyone who helped the process, THANK YOU, we appreciated that you have all adapted as much as we had too.

This week has seen us operate different each day to keep up with the changes.  Being closed today will allow our managers to work on strategies to consider going forward, we have been trying to do this all week but the demanding change took priority.  Tomorrow the Executive Committee will be considering the rapid changes and what is in the best interest of the club.  This is when we can provide you with a fuller update from the club and restaurant.

To keep this short, my last message to you is to please care for those at home and keep in contact with your friends and family.  I have been messaging my son in Melbourne and he knows that the jokes I send him will get worse if he doesn’t call me soon.

The news from the world overnight are dramatic, and at the time of writing this we have not been updated of NZ changes.

Dorothy Paki

CEO Napier RSA