neb: Apropos of nothing, went to the Home and Something show yesterday with Mrs.Neb to check various things for the Casa de Cowboy rebuild. We deliberately went on a weekday to avoid the usual weekend crowds, but in this case not only were there no crowds, there was no-one period. There were perhaps two dozen people at the entire show, when you'd normally expect should-to-shoulder crowds of thousands. Not sure what caused it, but something that extreme had to be pretty radical, and coronavirus panic would be one reason. Felt really sorry for the poor exhibitors, every stand we walked past wanted to talk to us because there was just no-one there, and they no doubt paid a fortune for the event.
Very much so. While the Covid-19 affected people are extremely minuscule in number, those indirectly affected are massive. Asian restaurants are quite here in ChCh, its probably worse in AKL. Any activity or business that involves a crowd will be affected