Our work tour for March/April got off to a good start in Auckland, and we moved on to Gisborne where we completed one event but had the second cancelled at the last moment due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings being introduced. All of the remaining seminars we had scheduled were also cancelled for the same reason.
Our flights home were then cancelled with the advice that they would be re-scheduled. A harrowing time waiting to get advice from Air New Zealand of our new flights made for an anxious time, as the travel bans were gradually being implemented and we were at risk of not getting home before international flights were curtailed. Luckily they got us on flights back to Brisbane, and we were able to drive home from there after promising to go into home quarantine for 14 days. Our time is up tomorrow 9th April, and neither of us has displayed any signs or symptoms of illness for which we are very grateful.
It is our hope that the September 2020 seminars will go ahead. As the time gets closer we will have a better idea if this being optimistic, or if we will have to cancel them also. Anyone who has booked and paid for these events will get a full refund in the event that we have to cancel them. As they are 5 months away yet there is a good chance that the restrictions will have been lifted by then, but we just don't know yet what the future holds for us all.
Our time in quarantine has been mainly relaxing and a break from our usually busy schedule, and allowed Anne to work on presentations while I worked on cancelling events and refunding money to our customers. We now have little to do, and almost no income for the present, though the Australian Government is promising to compensate us if we remain operational until this is over. We can survive OK but have concerns about how many who live on the breadline will cope if the wage subsidy payments are delayed much longer.
Many both in NZ and Oz are in this category, comfortable with huge home loans and credit card debt during good times that will now present them with tremendous problems immediately and well into the future. No doubt we will all have to re-evaluate our attitude towards what are needs and what are wants in future.
Meantime we hope and pray that we all stay safe and well, and do what we can to support each other until normality returns.
All the best and do keep safe,
Anne & Graham