It was a question being asked in thousands of households around New South Wales; the intensity of the questioners grew throughout the week, as the question remained unanswered by authorities.
Given our new, enforced world of social distancing and isolation, a generation of young kids were asking: “Does this mean the Easter Bunny won’t be able to visit this year?”
“I have just signed a special eggs-emption for the Easter Bunny,” the Premier told the Twittersphere. “This means the Eastern Bunny can still come to WA and visit all our families and friends.”
Across the ditch in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was equally forthcoming in guaranteeing an appearance across the Shaky Isles this weekend.
“You’ll be pleased to know that we consider the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as ‘essential workers’,” the NZ PM would confirm earlier this week.
Even Australia’s own Chief Medical Officer, the man who stands side by side with the Prime Minister when any major update in the trajectory of the virus is revealed, was talking positively of an appearance by the famed rabbit.
“I’m told that because he’s a solo operator and an essential service. The Easter Bunny, he or she I should say, will be allowed to continue to operate,” Professor Brendan Murphy said.
But in NSW, the Premier State, there was still confusion and doubt that the Bunny would undertake his annual distribution of deliciousness.
It was time for me to go to the top.
I rolled up to Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s regular coronavirus press conference, that she holds every morning at 8.
After the machinations of a cabinet minister living in his holiday home were debated and parried, I fired my shot.
“The kids of NSW have expressed concern, about how these current restrictions will impact deliveries by the Easter Bunny,” I began, warming to the point.
“What assurances can you give these future voters that the Easter Bunny can deliver, this Easter, unimpeded?”
The Premier is ready to reassure.
“I’ve had a lot of kids write to me, and I’ve tried to write to all of them, but I can assure you the Easter Bunny is exempt.
The Easter Bunny is allowed to visit home, and is also allowed to deliver chocolates, but you have to ask your parents or anyone in your household whether you’re allowed to have the chocolates.”
Well, kids would be pleased with the first half of her answer. But I needed more, so I turned my attention to the Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller.
“Commissioner, the Easter Bunny is known to travel across state borders, and given the restrictions in place around the nation, what procedures do you have in place with your interstate counterparts, to ensure the Easter Bunny can deliver delicious treats?”
I thought it was a fair point.
“The priority for me is NSW, so obviously I’ve had to seek extraordinary powers. The Easter Bunny will travel safely within NSW.”
The Commissioner added a sting in the tail for the states who haven’t made up their minds as to the fate of the rabbit in their bailiwick.
“I can’t guarantee that outside NSW, so the bunny can stay here and look after us.”
So children of NSW, be assured. Despite the restrictions that have limited so much of what we usually do over this holiday period, the Easter Bunny is on the way, and has a date with NSW late Saturday night.
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