Kym's Own COVID-19 Isolation Story
By Kym Mackenzie
The whole COVID-19 isolation
Experience for me was a bit different,
I found that I couldn’t spend as much time
Going out like I usually do.
I was able to catch up with all my friends,
We were able to go out to the pubs, Fringe clubs
And also to theatre performances.
During this time, we would
go out nearly every week.
During COVID-19 I wasn’t able to catch up
with all of my friend’s
Like I normally would.
Where we would go out on the town.
COVID-19 arrived in Australia
While South Australia was hosting the Fringe.
Before the end of the Fringe
The Government had shut down
All venues at the Fringe, hotels, restaurants and other industries.
Good news came just before
My Birthday this year
Where we were able to go out
In small groups to catch up
In parks, at the beach and other places.
As my birthday fell on Friday April The 10th
Which happened to be on Good Friday.
I Had It All Worked Out That
I would have had my birthday bash charity fundraiser,
At the Hotel Metropolitan,
Acoustic Club music night
On Tuesday 14th April,
However, all music venues
Got closed due to COVID-19.
So I was a bit devastated that
I couldn’t do it at the time.
I had to stay at home or go for short outings
Around where I lived for daily exercise
And to catch public transport to work.
I was still able to continue working throughout COVID-19.
However, things did change with in the workplace
We had new rules such as,
Staying 1.5 meters apart.
Handshakes or touching.
Where able to give elbows instead
To replace the hi fives and handshakes.
Extra cleaning practices where implemented
Throughout the business where needed
To clean different areas more regularly
Such as the eating areas.
There was also less people at work
As they needed to stay at home,
Some people had hours cut back
To help with social distancing while
Others got moved to other areas such
As in the café where they were unable to serve food
due to COVID-19 restrictions.
They moved to help out into either packaging or cleaning.
I found it hard that I couldn’t do
My normal computing sessions at the library
This meant that I had to relocate to the Bedford Panorama site.
All around the world they started to
Implement new rules around
social distancing and hygiene practices.
Such as people needing to stay home
If they were feeling unwell,
Needed to get tested for COVID-19
If they had symptoms
People needed to quarantine for 14 days,
Also if you had been traveling via
Domestic travel, then they put
Bans in place for International travel
Throughout the year there have also been border closures around the globe.
Everyone was told to wash hands more regularly,
Use hand sanitizer if unable to use soap and water.
Sanitising stations have been put in place
In all shops and businesses.
Shops ran out of toilet paper, tissues,
milk and other supplies that are essential.
So governments around Australia put in
Restricted shopping times,
Limits implemented on some items
That were running out when doing
Weekly or fortnightly shopping,
So that others could purchase these items.
Limits placed on items such as
1 pack of toilet paper,
2 cartons of milk and more items.
As less cases became in South Australia,
The government slowly relaxed restrictions
That I was then able to meet up
With other people once a month
While maintaining social distancing.
Around the Easter long weekend.
I was then able to
Catch up with two people
Within the space of two days.
At different locations as we were
Now able to move around
The city more freely.
I Started to Catch Up
With a few more of my friend’s
During the Queen’s Birthday long weekend
We were able to go out for lunch and drinks
But we are still required to keep social distancing to 1 person per 4 square meters.
Was also able to go to music events
Such as the acoustic club was back
On for a little while and to see
Some of my music friends performing
It was really good to watch, I also went to comedy events
To watch comedians do their set.
I did my first ever online stream music gig
For Adelaide make music day
Two for a fifteen-minute set of three songs
This was a great experience for me to learn
A new skill and a new way to connect with an audience.
I also took part in a video collaboration
With others from Bedford to create
An isolation appreciation video called
This is me
Using the song from the Greatest showman.
During these new COVID-19 restrictions
Bedford held a SALA event
Where I was able to perform
With another friend Patrick
To do a set of three songs
To showcase my talent and what I do when
I’m not working at Bedford
As my passion is to perform for others and to help bring joy.
For people that are visiting South Australia
And want to find out about COVID-19
And the rules based on going out to attend performances,
Are able to find this information on the South Australian Government website.
If I was asked I would be able to explain the ways in which to help prevent COVID-19 being spread,
To do things such as
- ensuring that everyone washes their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds,
- ensuring generally hygiene practices, such as using hand sanitizer when necessary
- keeping 1.5 metres apart to maintain social distance from others,
- GIVING elbows,
- NO hugging,
- NO handshakes and
- NO touching.
- DO NOT HOARD (Grabbing excess stock like toilet paper, tissues, soap, hand sanitisers, pasta, milk and other supplies).
- As we need to look out for others and ensure everyone has access to the essentials.
When have lockdowns it’s important
To stay in the area you live
To help stop the spread.
Go for short walks around your area,
While going to the shops to do shopping,
visit cafe’s, pubs and clubs.
By using the COVID-safe App
or sign a contact tracing sheet.
By doing this the government
Is able to get in contact with people
Who may have come in to contact
With those who have tested positive
And stop the spread quickly.
If we all follow the Guidelines
That have been set out by the Government
And The World Health Organisation (WHO)
To help prevent the spread.
This is to hopefully enable us
To get back to some normality,
Where we are able to move more
Freely around the country
And then hopefully will be able to
Go around the world like we have
All enjoyed for many years prior to COVID-19.