What if I told you that you had won an all-expenses paid vacation at a hotel for two whole weeks?
Would you be ecstatic? Or sceptical?
Perhaps I don’t get out much, or maybe I get overly excited about the smallest of things- but either way, the very thought of a two week all expenses paid hotel adventure sounded thrilling to me!
“The Holiday Afterparty” is what I described it as to my husband and his parents, although my in-laws most certainly did not share in my enthusiasm!
How often does anyone get to stay in a hotel and have everything provided for them, everything taken care of for two weeks and not have to worry about a single thing?
It’s like winning an all-expenses paid mini holiday!
The more I spoke, the more distressed my in-laws became.
You see their return flights to Australia at the end of March were cancelled. Then they planned on returning home after the 15th of April, however, the thought of being in lockdown in a hotel is not what they were planning on when they arrived home at all.
Try as I may to entice them with how wonderful it would be to just relax for two whole weeks and have everything done for them, albeit within the confinement of a hotel room, they could not see the beauty of it at all.
“It would be like living in a jail” my mother-in-law argued.
Admittedly, I suppose the lack of freedom to travel as one pleases would seem quite limiting at first, but what if you used that time to catch up on reading or learning something online?
They would still have access to all of their electronic devices and perhaps the hotel might even provide wifi.
The time could be used to catch up on sleep. Rebalancing after jet lag could potentially take up three out of the fourteen days.
There would still be phone calls, television, heck they might even have access to newspapers!
No matter which angle I took I wasn’t going to be able to promote this to them as the spectacular opportunity that I saw it to be.
Freedom Was More Important!
No, they wanted their freedom. Not this 14 day self isolation inconvenience!
They want to be able to return to Australia, to be able to go to their own home, where they aren’t on guarded lockdown for their mandatory isolation period.
Like many people, they want to be free to live their lives. Not necessarily following the restrictions as strictly as what is enforced.
And this is probably the very reason why we have such strict regulations in place!
I feel for them, honestly I do. The life of a social butterfly would be incredibly challenging during a global pandemic.
In fact, I don’t believe they have ever been at home for even a 24 hour period. So the thought of 14 days must be a nightmare for them.
It is not anyone’s right to put others’ lives at risk though and the quarantine period is necessary for the safety and health of everyone.
If you’ve been on holidays overseas that is absolutely wonderful for you, but no one forced you to go. This is why it’s incredibly important that when you do return home you respect the mandatory regulations which have been put in place to save lives, not just of your immediate family and friends, but all of us, as a community.
If we feel we can’t observe the 14 day isolation period, hopefully the penalties serve as a firm reminder of the seriousness of this criminal offence.
Fourteen days doesn’t seem like much when you consider that so many have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 for a lifetime.
Would you welcome or resent the two week all-expenses paid quarantine stay in a hotel after returning from overseas? Tell us in the comments below.