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djh1959

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  1. Here in Melbourne, we were originally lucky enough to start opening up. My husband and I had a dinner party with friends, and two restaurant visits, one outside and one in. They were all well over a month ago now, so no problems whatsoever. However, we are now in Stage 4 lockdown, which is far, far worse than what we had at the start of this. Basically this means that no business apart from the essential medical and food related ones can open. We can travel no further than 5km from our homes, can only shop alone once per day, and have one hour of fresh air and exercise once per day. There is also a curfew from 8pm to 5am. It is very tough indeed, but it needs to be done to get back to where we were. In our case, it was government errors in hotel quarantine and contact tracing that caused all this, not the opening up of restaurants or allowing people to visit each other. Every other Australian state is doing that, including allowing interstate travel and so on, and they are all fine. It is a worry with Spain and Manchester too, does anyone know what has caused their relapses? Good luck to all, but there is definitely a very long way to go before this is over.
  2. We spent a night there last year at the Hotel Krafft. It is right on the river and we booked a room with a balcony overlooking Basel, which was on the other side of the river. Easily walkable to the old town, or can ride on one of the little boats to the other side. Excellent tram service as well, all free if you stay in a Basel hotel. Only had breakfast there, but it was very nice, as was the room and view. I would highly recommend it. The price was quite reasonable for a Swiss hotel, from memory I think we paid around 330Chf for the balcony room.
  3. Unfortunately here in Melbourne we have been having a second wave with spikes happening in various suburbs. We tried locking down the specific suburbs where the problem was at its worst, then we tried locking down specific high rise buildings. Things have continued to spiral out of control so as from tomorrow night we are back to full lock down, just as we had back in March at the start of all this. We are the only state in this situation, and every other state has locked their borders against us. Most Melburnians are very angry how this was botched by the government as we had zero new cases for a couple of days only one month ago, now we are back to 200 or so per day. Having said that, we will of course do as we are told once more.
  4. Thanks for your good wishes Notamermaid. Unfortunately things are not getting better, but quite a lot worse. We have now had three days in a row of 60-70 new cases per day, when only a few weeks ago we had zero. It is definitely a message to everyone that it is certainly not over and you can never be too careful. Now ten of our northeast suburbs are back in total lockdown for at least four weeks, and if things do not improve, the will lock down more of the city. It is very sad and depressing, and I simply cannot see how travel will open up anytime soon for us.
  5. It is great news that they will let Australians in, but we aren't allowed to get out! Also I live in State of Victoria, which is now getting a whole new lot of cases unfortunately. Most of the other states have their borders closed against us, so I am not sure if Victorians would be let in. Having said that, we are getting 60-70 cases a day, so nothing like what is still happening in Europe and the US.
  6. Here in Melbourne Australia, we have also had a large outbreak in a meat processing plant. There were over 100 cases linked to the plant, and then of course it spread to their families.
  7. I would imagine that Australians would be allowed in, judging by that article, but the problem will still be that our government does not allow travel. There would also be the issue of being able to get travel insurance. I can't imagine any country allowing US citizens in at the moment, it is quite incredible what is happening there.
  8. Notamermaid, the pizza party moved into a Thai food party, but it was terrific. So good to see our friends again live, rather than on Zoom. I expected more social distancing, but we all sat at a large table for ten, so side by side. I am not too worried though because all of the people there were pretty much staying in their houses the entire time, other than the regular supermarket run. The only dodgy part was when the host's daughter and her boyfriend turned up unexpectedly. The daughter immediately gave me a hug and the boyfriend shook my hand as we had never met. I was a bit stunned, and said I don't thing we are supposed to do this. It was a bit late to be worried about it though and they have been fairly isolated at home too. Here in Melbourne, we only have about 50 active cases, so really the chances of catching it are fairly remote, although everyone is slightly concerned that after the Black Lives Matter march last weekend, one of the marchers has tested positive. We now have to wait and see if a cluster starts up from the march. Let's hope not. It is very interesting the difference between the countries, here masks are not mandatory and very few people wear them. I wore one in the Uber to the dinner, but the driver didn't which surprised me. We have also been told to avoid air conditioning in offices and so on as it is too dangerous, in fact employers are not allowed to have their employees back in the office. The official rule is that "If you can work from home, you must".
  9. Notamermaid, I too thank you for your updates. We have travel booked to Europe in December, but not a cruise this time. We are hoping to visit France, Spain and Portugal, but obviously can't go if there is quarantine. Also travel insurance might be a big problem. Your posts are helping us to decide, so thankyou.
  10. Here in Melbourne, we are finally starting to open up. Today cafes, and restaurants can open. They are limited to only 20 customers, they must have a full meal, not just a snack and/or drinks, and cannot stay for more than two hours. I am not sure how it will work out, but our country only has 400 active cases now, so I doubt it will be too bad. On Saturday we are going to visit our friends for the first time since February. There will be ten of us getting together for take away pizzas. Presumably we will all be social distancing, but the house we are meeting at is easily big enough to allow it. We can't wait!
  11. There are two branches of Figlmuller in Vienna. One of them only sells pork schnitzel, rather than veal, and the other has both.
  12. That is a little like here in Australia. We celebrate the Queen's Birthday with a long weekend in June (which isn't her birthday anyway). I don't believe that they do this in England. Canada sounds a little like us here in Melbourne, golf courses have just opened, five visitors are allowed and now we have been told that cafes and restaurants will reopen from 1st June, with a maximum of twenty guests to start.
  13. Yes, I think that is probably the case. Certainly anyone arriving here must do two weeks quarantine, and I cannot imagine them changing that for a very long time. We could probably manage to travel and have quarantine when we got home, because I only work one day a week and my husband can usually work from home. The problem would be if we had to quarantine going into Europe. I am quite sure that we couldn't afford an extra two weeks accommodation, on top of what is probably going to be much more expensive travel in the future. The US and the UK at this stage appear to be the two places that Australia isn't likely to want travellers from, in fact a lot of the cases that we actually did get here were from the US, because we didn't close the borders quickly enough.
  14. Notamermaid, I have been reading in the Australian press that since Germany has relaxed its restrictions, Covid-19 cases are building up again. Is this true? How exciting about the borders opening. I just heard on the news here that they expect it to be three years before we could fly into Europe or the US. How depressing!
  15. Do try and visit and see it. We were lucky enough to be there in January 2014. It was magnificent, as was the entire museum, probably one of the best museums I have seen.
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