We got our freedom back two days ago in the sense that we’re now allowed to go outside for non-essential things, such as for entertainment and for non-essential shopping. We went out for a walk to stretch our legs, and somehow ended up in the city centre which is full of people. There weren’t many shoppers in the invididual stores, though. I guess it’s a bit of a hassle to have to sign in / sign out (a requirement for contact tracing) is all you want is to go inside for a bit of a browse.

We did however go into Ballantynes, and it was packed – not in the Boxing Day Sales sort of way but it was crowded enough that there’s no way to maintain a one-metre distance between people as required by the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines!

It’s quite amazing to see the city centre so crowded, as there would be little to no tourists in the city.