EASTER Sunday falls on the 12 April after a full moon and is traditionally a time to celebrate life and share chocolate eggs with family and friends.
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Due to the terrible impact of COVID-19 on our communities, the authorities are urging these Easter holidays to be family orientated with everyone to stay safely at home.
These measures are containing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 and,according to NSW Police, will be in place for 90 days at least until 29 June, subject to ongoing review.
The area will be experiencing a very quiet Easter, with holidaying not deemed a reasonable excuse for travelling outside a person’s home.
Local churches and places of worship will be closed but many Easter services will be delivered online.
Persons wishing to participate should check service options with their preferred church directly.
Local over-55 villages and retirement homes are complying with government guidelines with most residents self-isolating.
Group activities have been postponed and many meals are being delivered in house.
To help celebrate Easter, the Tea Gardens Lions Club safely prepared and dropped off chocolate egg hampers to cheer up people isolated in local retirement villages.
Most locals will celebrate Easter at home with some new fun ideas popping up to help deal with COVID-19 social constraints.
Many local children from the Tea Gardens Primary School are participating in a virtual Easter Hat Parade with hat images being shared online from the 7 April.
In addition there are online Easter colouring-in competitions, elaborate in-home egg hunts being organised, and Easter bunnies appearing in many home windows.
Significantly, this year the Easter Bunny has been issued with an official “egg-xemption” to travel, so that chocolate eggs can be delivered to everyone everywhere.
NOTA wishes all a happy and safe Easter.
By Sandra MURRAY