As Australian citizens face distancing measures to help combat the spread of coronavirus, our politicians are leading by example, and have been stocking up on essential home items for their families.
Last month, Scott Morrison explained that his wife Jenny had left the house to buy jigsaw puzzles for their children, describing the outing as an example of an “essential” measure to help keep families occupied.
“I can assure you over the next few months we will consider those jigsaw puzzles absolutely essential.
“It is important that parents and families and households can get the things that they need to completely change the way they are going to live for the next six months at least, and so what we have done is sought to be practical about these issues.
“I mean, people are buying sporting equipment at the moment – gym mats and things like that – so they can exercise at home. These are things they are going to need.”
Meanwhile, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ensured that her exercise routine will not be dampened by the pandemic or social isolation measures by purchasing a treadmill.
“I know for a lot of people, a lot of us had our hearts sold on going on holidays or doing something we’d normally do at Easter, and we can’t this year,” she said in a press conference yesterday.
“None of us can travel, none of us can go on holidays. I know how devastating this is for families who feel that they’ve been cooped up in their homes.”
Ms Berejiklian says she bought herself a treadmill instead of going on holidays.
“I think they’re the type of decisions, without trivialising it, (that) people are having to make,” she said.
“But that shows that all of us have to change what we’re doing in order to make sure we keep everybody safe.”
Whether it’s books, art supplies or, of course, toilet paper, Australians are also making new purchases to help while away the time spent in isolation.
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